Liina Shelter, Wood Program

Philip Tidwell, Pekka Heikkinen

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The most important development in the design sessions is the idea to bind the elements and the frames together with an ordinary ratcheting cargo strap. This development also gave a name to the project, 'Liina', which has a dual meaning in Finnish as both the word for a cargo strap and an old female name. It is clear that the students had studied all the issues related to transitional shelters and addressed them in a comprehensive way through their building prototype. Through a long process of logical deduction and reasoning, they had found the relevant questions to ask and posed a set of responses, the result was a high-quality design. The Liina Shelter has a rather modest architectural character, but the structure has surprisingly been one of the most recognized projects built by the Wood Program in the last 20 years.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication The Design-Build Studio
Subtitle of host publicationCrafting Meaningful Work in Architecture Education
EditorsTolya Stonorov
Place of PublicationUnited States
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781315650746
ISBN (Print)9781138121805
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material


  • Architecture
  • Pedagogy
  • Wood Architecture
  • design-build
  • Teaching


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