OFF-GRID TOILETS Compilation, Analysis and Comparison

This book thoroughly investigates 16 off-grid toilet systems that have been implemented across the world, to provide a comprehensive understanding of their functional principles. Through comparison and evaluation, we provide recommendations on how users’ needs can be better met and how contextual conditions can be better considered. We hope this book will be a valuable tool for governments, NGOs and communities to tackle the problems of unsafe sanitation across the globe.

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This book thoroughly investigates 16 off-grid toilet systems that have been implemented across the world, to provide a comprehensive understanding of their functional principles. Through comparison and evaluation, we provide recommendations on how users’ needs can be better met and how contextual conditions can be better considered. We hope this book will be a valuable tool for governments, NGOs and communities to tackle the problems of unsafe sanitation across the globe.

Principal Investigator and Project Coordination: Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro, Co-Investigators: Dr Junjie Xi and Dr Tanzil Shafique.

Research Assistants: Mr Fahim Hasan Rezve, Ms Wasila Fatima Nilia, Mr Sayem Anwar Tuhin, Ms Sumaiya Ara Simi, Mr Ashfak Ullah Chowdhury and Mr Zhangze Shao:

Additional Contributors: Dr Khairul Islam, Regional Director of WaterAid South Asia; Vanita Suneja, former Regional Advocacy Manager and Regional Communication, WaterAid; Mr Faysal Abbas, Advocacy Manager (interim), Water Aid; Pr. Adnan Z Morshed, Executive Director of the Center of Inclusive Architecture and Urbanism, BRAC University.

This publication has been possible thanks to the Spanish Cooperation through the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), The University of Liverpool and WaterAid Bangladesh. The content of the book does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of AECID, University of Liverpool or WaterAid Bangladesh.

 

 

 

Title

OFF-GRID TOILETS:
COMPILATION, ANALYSIS AND COMPARISON

Size

18.28 x 23.87 cm (7.2×9.4')

Authors

Paco Mejias Villatoro, Junjie Xi and Tanzil Shafique

Pages

180

Subject

Sanitation, ecology

Characteristics

Paperback

Language

English

ISBN

9788412274783

   Publication date

December 2022

About the authors

Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro is an architect, urban planner and academic, codirector of Estudio Abierto/Open Studio, a collaborative think-and-do tank, operating at the intersection between architecture and urbanism (www.thisstudioisopen). He has expertise in community design, empathic urbanism and social ecology, and he has been conducting research about ultra-dense urbanism and informal settlements, particularly focused on Dhaka since 2014. He has been teaching architecture and urban planning since 1997 in Spain, Canada, the USA, China and the UK, where he teaches architecture at the University of Liverpool.

Dr Junjie Xi is a lecturer in architectural design and humanities at the University of Liverpool. She was previously a Postdoctoral researcher for the China Railway Group Limited and School of Architecture, Tsinghua University. She continues her research in railway development and has completed a new book with Dr Paco Mejias Villatoro – China’s Railway Transformation: History, Culture Changes and Urban Development, which is published by Routledge in December 2022. Through research in infrastructure, she developed a focus on the informal settlements in Bangladesh, aiming to provide better sanitation system for the future.

Dr Tanzil Shafique is an Assistant Professor of Urban Design at The University of Sheffield School of Architecture and an Associate of the Urban Institute. His research weaves across urban informality, decoloniality and pluriversality, and brings a socio-political reading of the built environment. He has a PhD from the University of Melbourne, where his thesis looked at the everyday design practices by citizens of the largest informal settlement in Bangladesh. Previously he worked as a Project Designer at the University of Arkansas Community Design Center. He has an M.Arch in Ecological Urbanism from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and a B.Arch from BRAC University, Dhaka.

Readers reviews

“Around 3.6 billion people on this planet do not have access to safe sanitation in their dwellings. Sanitation as a sector suffers from under investment. This book showcases the challenge and range of solutions available and appropriate for global and complex settings. I commend the authors for developing a resource that can be used by practitioners, policy makers and researchers in the sector.” 

Professor Priti Parikh 

Professor of Infrastructure Engineering and International Development Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction, University College London 

 

“This remarkable book steps away from mainstream assumptions about the sanitation needs of disadvantaged communities and works, instead, to understand the transformative potential of alternative interventions. The work presents a unique effort to understand sanitation challenges from the ground up, delivering a toolkit that is, without a doubt, going to be of use to practitioners, policy makers and researchers at the intersection of design and the social sciences alike.” 

Professor Deljana Iossifova 

Professor of Architecture & Urban Studies, Manchester Urban Institute           Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Architecture 

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