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The Fecal Temple

Part 2 Project 2023
Sima Al-Jabri
Coventry University | UK
Adaptive reuse as public luxury inspired the Fecal Temple. The Victorian era, including "The great stink," created the London sewage system and cathedral-like civil infrastructure. Shit's history highlights social stigma. Theories are examined and integrated into the present and future to understand these concepts at various scales. It asks if we can sustainably feed cities and the planet. It also underlines the necessity to re-fertilize our planet's depleting soil.

To expose social ignorance, it turns basic human needs into public resources. This interdependence between users, architecture, and the stool is relevant in a fragmented environment where rituals unfold in spatial clearings thoughtfully established within a lightweight, compact grid structure, eliminating the need for foundational excavation.

Channelsea Island in East London handles environmental impacts of exploitation and abandonment. Semi-closed loop systems reduce site ecology and resource dependence. Soil regeneration, medical testing, and farming use human faeces. Reassessing "Shit" as a taboo and realising its resources could prevent future ecological disasters and promote an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Sima Al-Jabri

Sebastian Hicks
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