“We shape our tools and our tools shape us.” As more of the tools we live with every day become digital instead of physical, our opportunity – and responsibility – as designers is multiplying. We live in a world of screens, and we are the ones who decide what goes on them. We are in a unique position to have an impact – one that lasts longer than the next redesign or the latest technology. What happens when we stop thinking of ourselves not just as developers or experience designers, and take up the mantle as a new generation of product designers for a digital world?
Wilson Miner is a designer and web developer based in San Francisco. Currently the head of design for Rdio, a new social music service, Wilson has also previously been responsible for co-founding neighborhood news site EveryBlock, leading the first comprehensive redesign of Apple.com in more than 10 years during his time at Apple, and co-creating the original version of the Django web framework. Wilson is returning to Build after speaking at the first conference in 2009.
Enter The Crash Pad, the world’s first LEED Platinum hostel. Exceptional design, thoughtful operations, and continuous attention to detail have yielded a hostel that blends style and environmental efficiency like no other. Never before has a hostel been constructed with this level of forethought - for its guests and for its environment.
Modern, shared spaces are intentionally built to be long lasting and have a minimal impact on the natural environment around them - that is the way of the future. Humanity makes choices that affect our planet every minute of every day, and making sure that they affect it positively is increasingly critical. Check out what it means to create buildings that are the foundation for our future generations.
A HUGE thanks goes to green|spaces (http://www.greenspaceschattanooga.com) and Lench Films (http://www.LenchFilms.com) for making this all possible. green|spaces is the driving force behind Chattanooga's sustainable development, and Lench Films Productions is a boutique video production company serving the East coast and beyond. With the help of g|s on the front end, and Lench Film's expertise in collaborating on this video, we bring you this highlight of Chattanooga's coolest new green business.
A special thanks to our skillful architects and contractor for making this project happen. Blythe Bailey and Taylor Bowers, of River Street Architecture, designed this award-winning building. The Collier Construction team, including Ethan Collier, Bryan Youngblood and Hamilton Brock, did a great job bringing our dream into reality. Also, a big thanks goes out to Haskel Sears Design and Set in Stone for creating a beautiful interior. Their respective wood and concrete mastery contributes greatly to our style and functionality.
Thanks to our craftsmen:
Chris Mosey: Ignis Glass
Isaac Duncan: Duncan Sculpture
Steve Morse: Morse Metal Works
Bryan Strickland: Sloan Strickland Studio
Producer: The Crash Pad: An Uncommon Hostel
Co-Directors: Taylor de Lench & Al Smith
Edit: Taylor de Lench & Al Smith
Written & Narrated: Al Smith
Music: Lauren de Lench