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Tire House

Author: Judee Shipman

Tire homes are all the rage these days. They are considered a handy, eco-friendly way of hiding billions of unsightly used tires. Dirt-filled tires provide a super-strong frame and foundation. They can also be stacked and used like bricks. A tire home has great architectural flexibility, allowing for attractive design elements like wide, rounded corners and spiraling stairways.

Problem:

Design a house of tires. The goals of this project are:     

  1. To design an architectural structure using discarded radial tires.     
  2. To build a scale model.

Materials:

  • Computer with Internet access     
  • Color printer     
  • Digital camera   
  • Typical office/hobby/hardware/craft supplies (paper, poster board, glue, etc.).

Procedure:

  1. Read overview of relevant topics (see bibliography below and terms listed above)
  2. Address all of the above terms and research questions.
  3. Search and print out interesting images relevant to your topic.
  4. Take photographs throughout the course of the experiment.
  5. After thoroughly studying the links below, consult with local architects and landscape designers about the details of using tires as construction material.
  6. Create your own unique architectural tire design. This could be a building, a play structure, a landscaping feature or even a piece of furniture.
  7. Build a scale model of your structure, using round flat pieces that represent tires. Checkers, hockey pucks, game pieces, washers and lifesavers are just a few possibilities.
  8. If building smaller objects like furniture, use real tires.
  9. Interpret your findings in a detailed report.
  10. Include interesting photos, diagrams and models in your science fair display.
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