ARTS & CULTURE
09/19/2012 04:23 pm ET Updated Nov 19, 2012

A Survey Of Gorgeous Public Restrooms Around The World

Dane Cook summed up the peril of the public restroom in a great stand-up bit that questions everything from the perpetual puddles to the writing on the stalls' walls. All joking aside, public conveniences are an important part of our urban infrastructure. So much so that the Royal Institute of British Architects hosted a competition (appropriately named Flushed with Pride) to revive the Victorian tradition of the great British public toilet. They challenged the country's best designers to come up with beautiful, practical alternatives to today's lackluster loos that, as their site states, "are significantly blighted by poor design and poor maintenance, resulting in unsanitary facilities, anti-social behaviour, and vandalism."

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