• Growing Edge Shadehouse Gets its Windows

    By Scott Boylston Every gardenhouse needs windows, so when Emergent Structures partnered with the West Broad Street Y and many other organizations on the $110,000 Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries grant from Gulfstream, one of the first things Emergent did was go look for windows. And, boy, did Emergent VP Keith Howington knew […]

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  • Let the Sun Shine In

    By Scott Boylston The E.34 Greenhouse is growing walls! Over the last few days Sam Carroll Construction and RNR Home Improvements have donated their time, skills and general wisdom to the construction of the south wall of the greenhouse, and it looks beautiful! You might be thinking that some of the wall still needs glass, but […]

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  • Exclaim Your Reclaim: One Man’s Trash is Now My Greenhouse

    As a means of promoting the value of innovative building material re-use, Emergent Structures created the Exclaim Your Reclaim campaign, which highlights creative re-use projects from ‘regular folks.’ We invite YOU to tell YOUR story! This example is close to our hearts: Not only is it by a partner in the Live Well, Be Well […]

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  • Live Well, Be Well, AND Build Well!

    Emergent Structures is extremely proud to be a partner in the Growing Edge Community Collaboration for Green Groceries, a 15-agency partnership dedicated to establishing a healthy food resource center on the west side of Savannah. This amazing partnership has come together through a $110,000.00 Live Well, Be Well grant from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation. What an […]

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  • MAKE A STAND Design and Build Competition!

    Building on the success of their maker event to build furniture for Savannah Bicycle Campaign (above), Maven Makers are teaming up with the same crew to host a Magazine Rack design and build competition! Ever creative WellFed Magazine will be giving the racks away to local businesses. The event will be held at Southern Pine Company (Go Go SopiCo!) on […]

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  • A Very Maker Christmas with Maven Makers and Savannah Bike Campaign

    By John Bennett & Ty Donaldson Sometimes the right tool for the job is a workbench or table that provides a space on which to use other tools. Maybe you’ve thought about building your own. If so, “A Very Makers Christmas,” sponsored by Maven Makers in cooperation with the Savannah Bicycle Campaign is an opportunity […]

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  • The Beautiful Buzz at West Broad Street YMCA School

    By Ted Dennard // photos by Kate Mathews The sun is rising yellow in the East as I open a sleepy beehive. It is against the rules to mess with a hive before they start working because they can get a little cranky when all 50,000 bees are packed in those white boxes. I lift […]

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  • Sharing the Love with our Donors

    This is to all of those magnificent people who contributed to the Kickstarter campaign that Emergent Structures ran with Design for Ability for the E. 34 Greenhouse: You have waited long enough for your gifts! Some of you have already received them, and others will be greeted by them in the next day or two. […]

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  • The Green Guitar Project: Picking Reclaimed

    By Nick Stratton For my Industrial Design senior project at SCAD, I wanted to build a guitar. However, the project needed more depth; after all good design has to solve a problem. I needed to find a problem to solve, a way to solve it, and a market for my product. Having recently taken a […]

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  • Going Vertical

    The framing of the E.34 greenhouse is going up!

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  • Wood Gets Around

    We like to flaunt the fact that our wood gets around. And, with the help of some incredibly creative people at DesotoRow, the materials that Emergent Structures has harvested from the Jones Street house with the blessing of our Materialanthropists, have just found their way into another exciting life. Clinton Edminster of DesotoRow has written […]

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  • The Island of Misfit Cinderblocks!

    By Scott Boylston The Island of Misfit Cinderblocks has arisen on E. 34th Street in Savannah! Old, unwanted CMU from demolished buildings all around town convened on E. 34th Street to create a colorful foundation for the Design for Ability greenhouse. Many thanks to Southern Pine Company for having the wherewithal to save many of […]

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  • Green Leader of the Year Award for 2013!

    WOW! Emergent Structures received the Green Leader of the Year Award in the category of ‘organization’ from the U.S. Green Building Council-Savannah! Emergent is humbled by this recognition, proud of our ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of partners, and determined to continue on with our mission of being a catalyst for sustainable […]

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  • Guerry Lumber Joins the Greenhouse Team!

    We are proud to announce that Guerry Lumber is an official partner of E.34, the Design for Ability greenhouse. The greenhouse will be made primarily from reclaimed materials, but for some structural needs (and for longevity in the hot and humid low country) new lumber is required, and Guerry Lumber has come to the rescue […]

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  • Pawning Penguins

    Penguins in Savannah have been sighted once again! And we had so much fun challenging our readers to come up with a good tag line or speech/thought bubble this past May, that we thought we would do it again.

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  • Bee Cause of the Wonderful Things They Do!

    The Bee Cause is a non-profit endeavor to place 1,000 observational honeybee hives into schools across the nation as a means of educating children on the benefits of honey bees. Ted Dennard of the Savannah Bee Company founded the organization, and Emergent Structures is extremely pleased to be helping the cause by supplying reclaimed wood […]

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  • Whole Foundation!

    With the grand opening of Savannah’s Whole Foods Market in one week, Emergent Structures is extremely proud and fortunate, to have hosted Whole Foods Market and Young Contracting at E.34, the Design for Ability greenhouse site. After several weeks of planning, Whole Foods and Young Contracting brought a crew from the Savannah Whole Foods building site […]

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  • Into the Clearing

    Irony’s not far around the corner when one of the last obstacles in the way of creating a structure from reclaimed lumber is another pile of reclaimed lumber, but Southern Pine Co. is so serious about their sustainability efforts to reclaim building materials, that their property is piled high with the stuff.

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  • Reclaiming Savannah Gardens through Public Art (3)

    Last week, we caught you up on the background of the Savannah Gardens public art project, and from this point forward we’ll keep providing updates until the official unveiling this fall. In the above photograph, Jerome Meadows hold a check from Emergent Structures for $1,800. We’ve been so committed to this project, that we are […]

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  • The Lap Lap is Back

    By Scott Boylston Last summer, we shared stories of ingenious re-use that took place at Shuman Elementary School as the result of our construction of an educational garden. We were particularly happy to share the ways in which we cut the lap from the red cedar shiplap (we call it The Lap Lap), and transformed it […]

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  • Reclaiming Savannah Gardens through Public Art (part two)

    By Garrison Marr One of the unique aspects of the Savannah Gardens Public Art Project is that the concept from the outset has been that the piece should be consistent with the design ethos in the neighborhood: that it was environmentally responsible, aesthetically and socially engaging, and designed with community input. That same approach helped […]

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  • Reclaiming Savannah Gardens through Public Art (part one)

    By Scott Boylston At the very beginning of the Emergent Structures project in 2009, we shared a list of ideas about how to re-use the bulding materials we planned on reclaiming from the old housing units in Strathmore Estates: greenhouses, furniture, jewelry, park benches, tool sheds, on-site public art, and a whole lot more. The first […]

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  • IKEA in da (green)HOUSE!

    By Scott Boylston Employees from IKEA’s Port Wentworth Distribution Center—Emergent’s lead sponsor for the Design for Ability greenhouse—came out to the site on E.34th Street on Sataurday morning, to lend some elbow grease to our efforts. Thank you, again IKEA! “IKEA is proud to be a part of Emergent Structure’s latest endeavour, the 34th Street […]

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  • Materialanthropy

    By Scott Boylston | photography by Pimprae Hiranprueck Philanthropy is a powerful force for good. While we celebrate individuals who donate money, however, we sometimes forget how wealthy we are when it comes to material goods that can be donated. Emergent Structures’ MATERIALANTROPHY program is designed to celebrate people who open their doors to our […]

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  • Keeping Emergent Rolling!

    Emergent Structures is thrilled to be the recent recipient of this beautiful 97 Ford Explorer! We owe a huge shout out of thanks and appreciation to Veronikha for donating her vehicle to us—our first vehicle donation ever! Veronikha recently relocated out of state, and had to leave her car behind. She will certainly be missed, […]

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