L’Uritonnoir for Developing Countries

L’Uritonnoir by Les Ekovores, part of Faltazi

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Uritonnoir, french noun. This term refers to a sanitation facility intended to urinate in standing position. An uritonnoir is a hybridisation of two everyday products, an urinal and a funnel (literally in french, “urinnoir” et “entonnoir”). This system is used either used in public spaces during festive events (slotted into round bales) or in private gardens (slotted into small straw bundles). L’Uritonnoir is an utensil filling a volume of straw (carbon) with urine (nitrogen) in order to compost it during a 6-12 month period and convert it into humus.

Compost Process

Two models:

DIY model. Polypropylene version. Cut from a polypropylene sheet, this model is delivered flat. Then it is folded and put together thanks to closing tongues. You can customize this model with silkscreen printing.

LUritonnoir Plastic Version

Deluxe model. Stainless steel version. Designed in stainless steel, this model will resist climatic challenges.

L'Uritonnoir Metal Version

Collective use for festival configuration:

Are you an open-air festival organiser? Are you wishing to adopt environment-friendly solutions? Do you consign glasses but would like to do more?

L’Uritonnoir is a simple and efficient solution providing a sanitation facility to festival fans and converting urine into compost. Once it is transformed into humus, it will naturally enrich surrounding soil and plants. After the round bale is positioned, simply slot into your Uritonnoirs and set them together with a strap! Your mission is to raise festival-goers’ awareness to dry urination, rinse water saving and urine upcycling. Setting Uritonnoirs up will relieve sitting toilets from men’s number ones, therefore your facility will be kept optimally clean. You may customise your Uritonnoirs by silkscreen-printing the vertical zone with pedagogical messages (the interest of straw and urine equation) or with your event’s graphic identity.

L''Uritonnoir in use at carnival

Once your festival is over, different solutions are available to manage with your round-bale soaked with urine:

Municipal Garden Services transports it towards the closest composting facility and keeps it for horticultural use.
The round bale stays and composts on-the-spot. Six months later the manure can be used by local farmers. The following year, it can be used as a giant planter to be enjoyed by new festival-goers !

Personal use for garden configuration

Do you use to go for a number 1 in the back of your garden? Do not waste this valuable golden fluid by sprinkling inappropriate surfaces! Convert your urine into humus instead by “uritonning” in a small straw bundle. About six to 10 months only are required before spreading this amazing composted manure around the base of your trees and plants.

L'Uritonnoi installation

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Plaszowski Institute of Sustainable Recovery – (University of Westminster) M.Arch 2012

The project propose to integrate an electronic waste recycling process, an algae
based biofuel production facility and a biofuel R&D institute into one,
but developing a strategy to allow the general public to interact with the
centre in a safe manor will be a major obstacle that must be overcome. Furthermore,
what would appear to be separate programmes have to merge into
one which would allow collaborative piece of architecture. In addition, the
complexity of the technical applications required for the towers to be constructed
of a lightweight modular system that can be expanded to accommodate
future development and expansion if needed. All of this challenges
doesn’t dissolve the standard challenges associated with industrial projects.

View from Catwalk

Other challenges such as the acoustic and lighting strategy applied to the
spaces inhabited within the structure must be addressed as natural sunlight
must be permitted through to the interior as it is a basic requirement for
the growth of the algae cultures. The site and its adjacent Staw Plaszowski
lake possess the largest challenges for the project, as the site will become a
local public park. The lake with its high levels of pollution, will be used
within the project to provide a local resource in the growth cycle of the algae.

View from Highway

Conceptual Form ModelTransport Approach