Painting Tire Phase – Completed!

Portia and Sehrish with one of the finished painted tires.

This week, our group continued tirelessly to finish another and one of the most important phase of our public seating space. Once the tires were completely cut and washed thoroughly of dirt and water, we sprayed all of the tires with three separate supplies. We began with a black rustproof base coat, a special coloured overcoat, and finally, the gloss paint that will seal everything together and keep the paint onto the tire permanently.

At the same time, the group is busy preparing the lagacy report and is looking for more ways of implementation of used tires in everyday life.

With the final days nearing, this weekend will be spent on assembling the tires to form the seats using a drill and bolts, and finishing the planters with soil and plants. Soon enough, everything will be ready for our upcoming exhibition at Civic Space this month!

Sehrish, Portia and Sajid in the spray booth inside Lebel’s sculpture studio.


Our used spray paint inside the spray booth.

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Final proposal for Midterm presentation

We found this chair to be closely related to our model which will help us to build ours.


Our group spent the better part of this week preparing for our midterm presentation. With our final sketches ready, all we need to do is to play with the materials to implement the physical model. We were able to find 25 free used tires of different shapes and sizes, and will be using different tools borrowed from the Lebel Sculpture space, setting up shop there for a few days to continue our progress.


We are thinking of installing this kind of table with the chairs shown at the top.


This weekend will be make or break in our realizations for our chosen material!  We’ve taken out a few different tools, depending on how difficult the tires will be to cut will be the deciding factor in our final outcome to be displayed in the course’s gallery show at Civic Space.


Another version of table-chair made of tire

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Progress on Design!

Our preliminary plans for the vacant lot (photoshop): Recycled tires made into planters and suspended from each wall. On the right, our second idea- two stacks of tire planters placed in the middle of the lot. This will be added, along with a seating area for passersby.


This week the team had two group meetings outside the class hours to decide on the final design and the materials required for Public Seating Space and Decoration. Much of the work was focused on reworking our original concept for Sidewalk Furniture Design.

We continued to explore the downtown area to look for a suitable place where we can implement our plan. While doing so, we came across a vacant lot between two buildings, which looked odd in the middle of the downtown area. We thought of decorating it as shown in the photoshoped picture above. We are in the process of contacting the owner of the vacant lot, so that we can implement our idea and have a ‘test run’.

Last week, we had a critical evaluation of the current chairs in the sidewalk. After noticing the uncomfortableness and the one way seating of the benches on Oulette, we knew we wanted ours to be round, so that the passerby can sit and view things from any angle they please. Keeping these points in mind, we did some research on the internet. We came up with few ideas and drew some sketches based on the criteria we had. A multifunctional seating space was in mind so ideas of adding a solar powered charging station for cell phones were also talked about.


Sketches of our ideas, slowly evolving.


After much deliberation and realizations, we concluded that our idea for our seating space needed to be simplified: using too many different materials would be expensive and inefficient. Using recyclable material, such as car tires, would be easy to find and manipulate into what we were making. We need to experiment more with our selected material to create our design for the seating space.


More sketches: A circular seating space, with a planter of flowers in the middle. Coming close to a final design!


Stay tuned for the final design!

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Research and Discussions


Today’s class critique brought some discussion within the group about how we can develop our ideas and take them further. A few days ago, we congregated downtown and examined how the current street furniture (benches, bus stops, etc) was being used/not used by passersby. We also took note of the materials used; for example, benches and seats are made of metal, which can be cleaned easily but could heat up in the summer and be too cold to sit on in the winter.

An idea was mentioned of implementing a foldable seat to a lamp post, which would not only save room on the sidewalk, but it would be multi-functional. While researching on the web, we found a closely related project by Jerusalem-based designer Adi Kalina, who created a seating area with an overhead light, used for the outdoors (photo above).

Upon completing our online research for the day, we agreed upon a few things to keep in mind while we narrow our final idea: It should be aesthetically pleasing, eco-friendly, cost- friendly, space saving, and possibly multi-functional.



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The Starting Process

Need ‘Bus Stop Panel’ ?


A group consisting of five members: Mohammad Tasfique Rahman (Rafi), Sehrish Kamal, Rosina Riccardo, Sajid Ehsan and Portia Crosswell has been formed to create an innovative product for the downtown area (city of Windsor). Our goal is to come up with a plan for a green technology/product that can be implemented in the downtown area. We have decided to keep an open mind and work constructively together in order to develop the most ideal green-product for our project called Sidewalk Furniture Design.

The group made a brief tour in the downtown street to look around at the current setting of the area. After careful evaluation, we have decided to work on the sidewalk furniture set up at the downtown street. Although we are still in the thinking process of coming up with a concrete feasible plan, we have already made a number of plans to work on in order to reach our goal. Some of our plans include a recreation of the current areas’ bus stops, as well as to implement some “tuck away” furniture that could be placed around Windsor’s downtown. Below is the list of things we thought about working on:

  1. Bus Stop Panel – design bus stop shelter for waiting passengers’ comfort
  2. Mist (Spraying) System – to refresh people walking in the streets (summer)
  3. Seating Space – not enough available so we can put them in areas where needed
  4. Decoration – each street can be decorated with a theme of it’s neighbourhood to give it a lively feeling. Plant more trees and flowers.
  5. Smoking Designated Area – an umbrella type device fitted in certain locations that suck in the smoke (new product to reduce pollution)
  6. Garbage Collection Container – not enough available so we can put them in areas where needed (new design)
  7. Advertisement for awareness – this is the main issue for point number 4, 5 and 6 which shows how as a community we are committed to make the environment as much eco friendly as possible


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