Italian Porta-Potty Contest

Dream ToiletIf you’ve ever visited the Bel Paese, you know how scarce public toilets are. Before you’ve visited any number of nicely crumbling ruins, your thoughts will inevitably turn to the loo. Where to find one, how to avoid the Turkish kind and how to convince your traveling partner to have yet another caffé so you can go.

Oliviero Toscani, former Benetton ad guru, shares your pain. He convinced porta-potty company Sebach to hold an international “dream toilet” competition for architects, designers and engineers. Creator of the ideal privy — chosen both on aesthetics and feasibility for mass production — wins €5,000 (circa $6,600). Get cracking: the deadline is August 4.