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Title: Lake Eloa Park toilet facilities: a paradox of safety and security through exposure
Authors: Ellis, Eugenia Victoria
Issue Date: 1996
Citation: Paper presented at 84th Annual Meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture conference.
Abstract: Located in the center of downtown Orlando, Florida, Lake Eola Park has had all the problems associated with an urban park. For years the park had been the center of illicit activities, most of which had occurred in the existing toilet facilities. These facilities were part of the city's beautification projects which included the renovation of the 50-acre Lake Eola Park into a showpiece for the city with a changed image: from a habitat for vagrants, drug dealers and prostitutes to a vibrant urban park filled with cultural activities and pedestrian traffic. The paradoxical technique utilized to design the toilet facilities was safety and security through exposure. The dialectic of the public toilet facility within the urban public park juxtaposes the most private space against the most public space within American culture. This paper is a discussion of the Lake Eola Park Toilet Facilities with respect to public versus private within the historical contexts of bathing/elimination and urban space/community in order to reveal how an act of modesty might more comfortably occur with a minimum of exposure.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/2036
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