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Hydraulic Urinals

  • On November 20, 2006

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In an effort to handle its nighttime public urination problem, cities are considering installing urinals that disappear below street level during the day. Unlike the automated, self-cleaning toilets planned for Toronto and Vancouver, which are enclosed booths with doors that that automatically open after a set time period, the Urilift system is a two-meter high stainless steel cylinder with three alcoves, each with a urinal, and no doors By day, the Urilift is lowered below street level for a nice clean look. Then at night, an operator comes by with a remote and the Urilift hydraulically lifts to sidewalk level in about two minutes. Full Article via Slashdot


  1. Andy Huntington

    That’s getting to be as severe as the BICIBERG bike parking…

  2. i’m sure there are already some of these in Bristol

  3. el

    This device is a ridiculous reminder of how patriarchal our society really is – where are women supposed to pee?

  4. Hey Paul, yeah i heard some of these were down in New Quay. Hope your well, give me a call some time

  5. Bons

    2 minutes…it’ll be too long

  6. As far as I know, the system was developed and set up first of all in the Netherlands. The Dutch had or have a severe problem with people peeing in public. When I lived in Rotterdam, I found that system quite amazing. They are lit at night, and have an underground cleansing system.

    The only thing I am wondering is: What else could we develop to be disguised in the ground and pop up on demand, or at a certain time?
    What about completely changing a city’s appearance with such things?

  7. Yeah I like the idea of some strange characters coming out and performing for the public while simultaniously providing a function.

  8. hahah…only in canada….

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