This interdisciplinary lecture will address a proposed shift to make multi-stall bathrooms on campus accessible to people of all genders, ages, sizes, and abilities. Professor and architect Joel Sanders, will situate this issue in a cultural/historical context, charting the evolution of his thinking about the bathroom as an overdetermined space that registers deep seated cultural conceptions about gender, abjection and embodied difference. Then he will present design prototypes for inclusive restrooms. Lawyer Shiona Heru, will address both the legality and cost affectedness involved with implementing gender neutral bathrooms on campus. This is a joint event between MIT’s Architecture Department, the City Design and Development group, and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Sonny Oram, Founding Editor of Qwear, will moderate the discussion to follow.
Appetizers will be served.
Long Lounge 7-429