• TED Talking about Bottom Feeders

    This past weekend, Emergent Structures president Scott Boylston gave a TED Talk at Furman University on the need for technological bottom feeders in contemporary society, and the work that Emergent Structures is doing in reclaiming building materials and rebuilding communities. Thank you to the organizers for putting together a great event! We’ll let you know […]

  • Our Biggest Fan (installation)

    The checklist is getting shorter and shorter! Today’s accomplishments: Install our biggest fan ever, pour cement for the north and east door thresholds, and caulk the roofing. Then, off to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day.

  • Finishing the Doors: Opening the Doors… Soon!

    With the completion of both sliding barn doors, today marks the day when the envelope on the E.34 Greenhouse was completed! A great volunteer team came out and put in a whole day, and we’re now closer to finishing this magnificent greenhouse for Design for Ability than ever before. We aren’t quite at the punch […]

  • Savannah Rails: Not Waste

    We’re not going to tell you everything. We can tell you this: there will be tables. Here’s our formula: Divert waste streams from two major international corporations, add rebar reclaimed from some of our own construction sites, and add new casters to get things rolling. Viola. We’re calling them Savannah Rails: Not Waste, (SR:NW for […]

  • If Eyes are the Windows to the Soul, So are Windows

    By Scott Boylston One hundred and eighty years. Seventy one years. Five years. Two years. What will the next time span reveal?

  • Doors Open to a Healthy Future for West Savannah!

    By Scott Boylston | photos by Jess Paterson The Growing Edge Community Garden for Green Groceries officially opened the doors to its shade house today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The structure is perfect embodiment of Emergent Structures’ vision of diverting construction and demolition waste from landfills and toward innovative projects that serve the community, […]

  • Last Peak Before the Ribbon Cutting!

    In less than one week, the shade house at the West Broad YMCA will officially open its doors! We stopped in to get a few shots of the structure now that the skirt has been taken down, and we found Victory Gardens co-owner Reed Archer washing some monster sweet potatoes he harvested with the West […]

  • PAST/FORWARD: Sharing Our Story with the National Trust for Historic Preservation

    Last Friday, Emergent Strcutures was honored to give a field tour of some of our community collaborations to attendees of PAST/FORWARD, the 2014 Annual Conference for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  • A Good Day to Give

    “Whether you have ever given a dime or a minute of time, your life has been affected by the work of a nonprofit. Now, we are creating an opportunity for everyone, in every corner of the state, to support the causes that make Georgia great.” —Georgia Center for Non-Profits (GCN) We are Georgia proud. Emergent […]

  • W. Broad YMCA gets Roofing and a Whole Lot of Color!

    WOW, check out this amazing structure! A vibrant color palette really makes it jump, and the roofing gets us one step closer to completion. In only a few more weeks, Emergent Structures will be joining the West Broad YMCA and 14 other community collaborators in cutting the ribbon for this great shade house, and Victory […]

  • Hangin’ at the E.34 Greenhouse

    Another great day at the E.34 Greenhouse! With a dozen DPR/Hardin Construction volunteers on site all day long, all four doors got hung—including the big, sliding barn doors! Emergent Structures board members Scott Boylston, Mark Fitzpatrick, Steve Hartley, and Bryan Mossing also joined the effort, as did past VP Keith Howington, and Design for Ability […]

  • Floored by DPR/Hardin!

    By Scott Boylston The magnificent E.34 educational greenhouse is one more huge step closer to completion thanks to the ongoing contributions of DPR/Hardin Construction! This past Saturday, a crew of 8 eager and knowledgeable employees of DPR/Hardin came to the site to lay the brick flooring for the greenhouse. As photos in this blog show, […]

  • Transom Windows are Complete at E.34!

    It’s been a busy few weeks at the E.34 greenhouse. In the weeks before DPR/Hardin started their work on the brick flooring, Randy and his carpentry team at Southern Pine Company were busy fabricating the transom windows.

  • Greenbriar Garden Shed is Nearly Complete

    The Greenbriar garden shed is nearly complete thanks to a concerted effort over the weekend by students in three Savannah Tech classes. The project, funded by a Gulfstream Aerospace grant, represents a collaborative model that Emergent Structures has created that brings together students at SCAD and Savannah Tech through civic engagement and innovative material re-use.

  • Reclaimed Brick Flooring for E. 34

    It’s been a little quite on the E.34 Greenhouse front lately, but things have quickly heated up again, thanks to DPR/Hardin Construction!! As a part of their commitment to help Emergent Structures and Design for Ability complete the E.34 greenhouse, DPR/Hardin brought a crew of energetic leaders out to the site this past weekend to […]

  • A New Vision for Old Glass

    The windows go in at the West Broad YMCA! This week the shadehouse for the Growing House Community Garden for Green Groceries was skinned with a combination of windows reclaimed from the demolition of the old Tybee Island police station, and re-purposed tempered glass from DIRTT Environmental Solutions.

  • West Broad Goes Vertical!

    Up goes the shade house at the West Broad Street YMCA!

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    Adult male elk and his herd grand tetons

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    Traditional hand weaving in the andes mountains Peru

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  • Breaking Ground at the West Broad YMCA!

    By Scott Boylston | photos by Nancy Hiranprueck What a day at the West Broad Street YMCA! The school children at the Y came out to help break ground for the Emergent Structures shade house. The shade house is a a part of the Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries, a 14-agency partnership to […]

  • The Greenbriar Garden Shed Goes Up!

    By Scott Boylston What a day at Greenbriar Children’s Center! Ninety-six degrees couldn’t put a dent in the construction process for the garden shed we built. Over the next week, we’ll get the door on, build a bench and some interior shelves, and then we’ll adhere a plaque to the structure to remind everyone that […]