On a long Way

Samira Müller


The urgency of dealing with Autobahn restrooms comes from the disconnect of social realities and physical design. My point of departure therefore is, why such an important place of primordial need, is largely configured so unsuitably, in societal and individual respect? And consequently, how can it be changed?

Autobahn restrooms are designed only from the public point of view of a non-personal collective – the provider. The configuration of the space already anticipates uncivilized behavior from the individual, which creates a prison like environment. This work is composed of a historical analysis of hygienic behavior and Autobahn restrooms, further an analysis of its spacial configuration today. Thereupon it is an investigation of collective and individual issues. Ultimately, I am proposing an alternative design.

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