Porta-Party @ Nuit Blanche,2017

Porta-Party x Nuit Blanche 2017

©Photo by Saadman Ahmed

Since the first modern toilet in the 18th century, the restroom has been one of architecture’s most contentious programs.

Despite digestion being ubiquitous and common to all people, sanitation and plumbing infrastructure has been, and continues to be, one of the most pervasive methods of segregation, creating divisions in race, gender, geography, and class. Ultimately, we cannot make progress or find our nationhood until the inequalities present in things that make us uncomfortable become topics of discussion and battlegrounds for change.

This project was done under a collective name, SUPER/TYPICAL












T.K. Justin Ng

Eric Oh

Ron Adriano

Johnathan Subendran

Nathanael Scheffler

Nathanael Scheffler

Ethan Schwartz

Tristan Sito

Samiha Meem

Monica Patel

Peter Kwak


We would also like to thank all our sponsors listed here.

Nuit Blanche Toronto is a free, annual, city-wide celebration of contemporary art, produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with Toronto’s arts community.

For one sleepless night, from sunset to sunrise, the familiar is discarded and Toronto is transformed into an artistic playground for a series of exhilarating contemporary art experiences in unexpected public spaces.

Challenging this silence, Porta-Party encourages empathy and consideration of the washroom’s importance. Using existing on-site landscape, two outdoor rooms are created, each with its own controlled circulation for ease of security and head-counts. Porta-Potties are placed to encourage circulation throughout this room, distributing users and avoiding long lines. Using the orientation of the porta-potties, the actual use of the washroom remains private, yet the typically closed off threshold to the washroom is extended, allowing people a moment of connectedness. The use of planting differentiates the space from the typically bare or overly finished surfaces of a washroom vestibule, helping users bypass the social hesitation that comes with waiting to use the toilet. Various zones of plantings create a range of tactile and sensual experiences, with a variety of elevational changes directing circulation further to a communal hand washing area.


Porta-Party x Nuit Blanche 2017

©Photo by Saadman Ahmed

©Photo by Peter Kwak


©Photo by Peter Kwak

©Photo by Peter Kwak

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At its most basic, the project supplements Nuit Blanche’s (and really, most public spaces and events) need for public washrooms. Porta-Party provides 16 toilets in a pleasant, well-lit and sociable space. However, celebrating the public toilet - despite appearing to be a simple act - is a crucial point in contemporary discussion on the commons and segregation. With plumbing being a deeply embedded political artifice in recent issues like the Flint Water Crisis, the North Carolina Bathroom Controversy, and the resurgence of racial and religious oppression that recalls segregation in public washrooms in the mid-1900s, Porta-Party is a playful call to task and attention. Canada represents a unique nationhood of heterogeneity on the international stage, yet the future remains uncertain until systems of inequality are exposed in both the most public and most private of spaces.


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