“If You Build It” - Hilton LightStay Sustainability Award
If You Build It spends a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms. The stars of the film are Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, founders of Project H Design, which is dedicated to design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness. The film also features Emily and Matt's students, 13 high school juniors in Bertie County, NC. Throughout the school year Emily and Matt will be teaching the fundamentals of design, architecture, and construction -- a curriculum they've named "Studio H." But make no mistake... this is no ordinary high school shop class. And this will be no ordinary documentary film. Along with the "design-and-build" fundamentals their students will be learning, Emily and Matt will also be teaching them the principles of "design thinking" -- a very specific way of looking at problems to determine how best to solve them. According to Matt and Emily, design thinking can be broken down into six steps -- Research, Ideate, Develop, Prototype, Refine, and Build. If Emily and Matt are successful this school year, their students will leave Studio H equipped to tackle virtually any problem they will face throughout their lives.