• The Hub


  • 04 March 2015
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • LEVEL 7, 35 Bridge Street, Sydney - enter from Farrer Place
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  • Available to all CEFPI Australasia members
  • Available to all non CEFPI Australasia members
  • Available to all full time students in either secondary or tertiary institutions

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Level 7, 35 Bridge Street, Sydney - enter from Farrer Place

What happens when educators and designers meet:
A movement for change and engagement begins.

Join us for this feature length documentary about design education. Follow designer-activists Emily Pilloton and Matthew Miller as they lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to re-invent not just their town but their own sense of what’s possible. If You Build It offers a compelling and hopeful vision for a new kind of classroom in which students learn the tools to design their own futures.

“My goal in going in to Bertie County was not to go in and just design for them, but to really teach their kids about the design process and do something for the community with their high school students. That, in a way, transcends a lot of this social design movement stuff... and hopefully [it’s] the next phase of what that movement can be.” Matthew Miller, Designer

Following the film, light refreshments will be provided, and an expert panel will discuss the themes of the film.


Paul Pholeros
Paul is a Director of Healthabitat, a company that for over 30 years has worked to improve the living environments of Indigenous people in many suburban, rural and remote areas of Australia and internationally.
Matt Esterman
Matt is a History and e-learning coordinator at St Scholasticas College, Glebe. His current research looks at user voice in the design process for new learning spaces and school buildings. Matt is an actively engaged professional at TeachMeets, He regularly blogs and tweets @mesterman.

Genevieve Blanchett

Genevieve is a designer who operates across architecture, urban design and theperforming arts with a focus on community-driven creative place making and arts-baseddevelopment projects.
Anne Knock, Chair CEFPI NSW Chapter

Watch the trailer:


Discover more:


Interview with designer, Matthew Miller: http://www.aaonetwork.org/news/articles/interview-matthew-miller-revisiting-if-you-build-it-documentary

As usual, for any further information please contact at nsw@cefpi.org.au

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