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If You Build It

Funded by: The Kendeda Fund, Wyncote Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, the Sundance Institute, Fledgling Fund, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Good Pitch, Film Independent

If You Build It spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms. Starring Emily Pilloton and Matt Miller, founders of Project H Design, which is dedicated to design initiatives for Humanity, Habitats, Health, and Happiness. The film features Emily and Matt’s students, 13 high school juniors in Bertie County, NC. Watch as the students learn the fundamentals of design, architecture, and construction — a curriculum they’ve named “Studio H.” Along with the “design-and-build” fundamentals their students learned, Emily and Matt  also be taught principles of “design thinking” — a very specific way of looking at problems to determine how best to solve them.