• W.M. Penguins (Vol. 6): Insta-Penguins

    Ah…Springtime in Savannah. The weather is warmer, the daylight, longer. Our fountains are flowing with green and the azaleas are in full bloom. Tourists are flooding the squares, and it’s all building up to the biggest event of the year: St. Patrick’s Day.

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  • W.M.Penguins (Vol. 5): Spring Training

    “The Penguins are gonna have a heck of a farm team, this year, Bennie-Boy.” ________________________________________________________ Stay tuned every Wednesday afternoon for another edition of… PENGUINS IN SAVANNAH

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  • W.M. Penguins (Vol. 4): A Woodwork Orange

    ________________________________________________________ Stay tuned every Wednesday afternoon for another edition of… PENGUINS IN SAVANNAH

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  • W.M.Penguins (Vol. 3): A New rePurpose

    Where do penguins come from? The southern hemisphere, mostly. But these guys? Well, they were found in dumpsters, alleyways, curbsides and attics. They were found on the street. Saved from landfills. Now just a bunch of goofballs waddling around the streets and squares of Savannah.

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  • Thank you, Metropolitan Savannah Rotary!

    Our first volunteer event on the greenhouse site was a great success, thanks to the Metropolitan Savannah Rotary! More windows for the greenhouse were scraped, sanded and primed. In just a few hours, 6 reclaimed window sash from Savannah Gardens were prepped and primed, and another 10 were prepped to be primed.

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  • Rotary to the Rescue!

    Emergent Structures is immensely pleased to welcome the Savannah’s Metropolitan Rotary to the Design for Ability greenhouse site for a volunteer day of window preparation and site clearing. Please note, that while we love ALL our volunteers, this event is for Rotary members who’ve signed up through MSR only. Don’t worry all you others, we […]

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  • Penguins in Savannah

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  • Harmony Shacks + Kickstarters

    By Scott Boylston WE DID IT!!! Thanks to 78 super-generous individuals around the country, we exceeded our Kickstarter goal for helping fund the Design for Ability greenhouse! WOW! What an incredible number of civic-minded and giving individuals—thank you for your extraordinary generosity!

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  • Yes: There!

    By now you probably realize that, not only does Emergent Structures believe in the power of transformation, but we exist as an organization to shove it into existence. The set of photos below presents a ‘before-and-after’ scenario for Shuman Elementary, our most recent design-build project (and things were actually worse before we took that first […]

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  • Bow Ties + Green Houses: Announcing a New Kickstarter Gift Opportunity!

    We have a little over two weeks left in our Kickstarter campaign, and while we are over 60% to our fund-raising goal and feeling good about the progress, we’re interested in encouraging more participation. On that note, we’re announcing an exciting collaboration with a long-time supporter of Emergent Structures, Adrian Perez, and the design firm […]

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  • The Jones Street Waltz: What a Long and Sweet Dance it has Been!

    By Scott Boylston Almost exactly two years ago, Debra and Chuck Caldwell invited us into their recently purchased 1866 home on East Jones Street in Savannah; a majestic, yet previously neglected corner-lot house on Savannah’s most beloved street. At that time Emergent Structures was a still-yet-fully formed idea centered almost exclusively around the Savannah Gardens […]

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  • Keeping Pace

    Teddy Roosevelt once said “Believe you can and you’re halfway there,” and because of your belief in us, we are, indeed, halfway there! We just surpassed the 50% mark for our Kickstarter fund-raising campaign, and that milestone arrived with a tremendously generous splash! We have three more weeks to go, and understanding that we procured […]

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  • When We Build, Let Us Think We Build Forever

    By Scott Boylston Happy 2013! We’re starting the new year with a milestone, and a thought about the nature of permanence and the built environment. First the milestone: We are over 25% of the way to meeting our Kickstarter goal! As of earlier today, we surpassed the $2,000 mark, and with 29 days left, things […]

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  • Elevating Our Game

    We’re one step closer to harmonizing the reclaimed material streams that we’ve harvested with the form and function of our Design for Ability greenhouse! There is now a detailed template for our ramshackle piles of discarded lumber and stacks of reclaimed, 70-year old window sash to follow. With the combined, expertise of Catie Pizzichemi, and […]

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  • Place, Identity, and a Reverence for Transformation

    By Scott Boylston YOU KNOW …if you had already joined our Kickstarter campaign, you’d be done reading this already! (before you read on, join it NOW!) First, thank you to all of our early supporters! This is the beginning of a beautiful relationship! We are all new to each other, so a good place to […]

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  • Now is the time to join the Emergent Structures team: KICK START US!

    We invite you to become a part of the Design for Ability greenhouse project by donating to our newly launched Kickstarter campaign!  Now you can join the likes of IKEA, Hardin Construction and Southern Pine Company by officially contributing to the greenhouse construction! The Design for Ability greenhouse, to be located on E.34 Street, will […]

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  • Aging Gracefully, In Deed!

    By Scott Boylston Two years ago, in one of our very first material harvest events, over 80 people—volunteers, paid apprentices, and employees from TrussMart, NorSouth, Southern Pine Co., and Mercy Housing—convened at the Savannah Gardens redevelopment site to pull nails from reclaimed studs and tongue and groove roof sheathing. That material, and similar material prepared […]

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  • Frame by Frame (by frame by frame…)

    Thank you, Emergent Structures volunteers for coming out again, and refurbishing the window sash for the Design for Ability greenhouse! As you can see from the picture above, we’ve really got a great re-assembly line in place.

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  • Window Cleaners Unite! (that means you volunteers)

    It’s that time again! Come on out to Savannah Tech this Thursday afternoon, or next…OR BOTH! Join us 5:30-7:30 to help prepare reclaimed window sash for the Design for Ability Greenhouse. They’re looking great so far, and we need your help to finish them up. Email scottb@emergentstructures.com for more info and to sign up!

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  • Where Angels Fear to Tread

    By Scott Boylston This window sash is old. It was installed the same year Frank Sinatra was exempted from military service due to a perforated ear drum and the doctor’s diagnosis that he was “neurotic,” and “not acceptable material from a psychiatric standpoint.” That would be 1943, in case you were wondering (although the FBI […]

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  • Partners are Jumping on Board HARDIN Fast!

    “We at Hardin Construction are excited about being part of Emergent Structures’ greenhouse project, and continuing our history of giving back to the communities which we live and work within.” —Russ Aldridge, Hardin Construction, LEED AP We are immensely pleased to announce our latest partnership. Hardin Construction, one of the Southeast’s most well-respected construction companies, […]

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  • Build + Reclaim, All Before Lunch

    By Meagan Hodge Over the last couple of months, the Design for Ability greenhouse has continued to take form through many small actions. A multitude of volunteers, collaborators, sponsors—and even innocent by-standers who’ve been pulled into action—have brought their own personal stories to our journey.

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  • Call for Volunteers!

    HEY VOLUNTEERS: Come on out to Savannah Tech this Thursday afternoon, from 5:30-7:30 to help prepare reclaimed window sash for the Design for Ability Greenhouse. Email scottb@emergentstructures.com for more info and to sign up!

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  • Greening the Greenhouse

    By Scott Boylston The Design for Ability educational greenhouse for special needs high school students is off to a great start with major funding from IKEA’s Port Wentworth Distribution Center. IKEA, which funded Emergent Structures recently completed Shuman Elementary School pergola, has provided $9,000.00 for the construction of the greenhouse project, which is being built […]

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