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Posted by  JWmHarmon on May 02, 2003 at 11:46:31:

Some time ago in this forum there was a post concerning shy bladder syndrome, the psychological fear of urinating in a public restroom facility. The writer suggested that architects should design bathrooms that allow for more privacy for individuals with this condition.

On Tuesday April 20, 2003, the Wall Street Journal published an article on p. R5 stating that this condition affects approximately 6.7% of Americans or about 20 million people according to a 1994 study. One man stated that "The vast majority of guys don't have any idea what you're talking about."

Privacy in restroom design should be something which could easily be achieved by providing some private spaces.

As designers we are often not aware of other people's problems that may affect our finished product. We need to constantly read, and talk to others to maximize our understanding of what we must consider in our work.

 
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