“Stalled! is blasting open preconceived notions of what a restroom can be, to think about how they can more equitably serve everyone,” says Choe. Everyone means people of all genders, all abilities, different relationships of care, religious practices, language use, and race. In 2018, Stalled! published their inclusive restroom design prototypes online, making them free and open-source to the public.
Stalled! restroom designs include maximizing visual and acoustic privacy between stalls, sinks of different heights, private caregiving rooms, and a more open design with multiple entry and exit points. Making the restroom porous to the larger social space, rather than hidden down a dark hallway, helps to increase visibility and decrease chances of harassment and assault that can happen in restrooms.
“Accessibility for many designers is often seen as a constraint,” says Choe, “but in my opinion, inclusive design and accessibility can be an exciting opportunity to challenge the status quo.” Essentially, this new kind of design is about a shift to participatory, ground-up processes where people’s diverse needs drive the conversation.