• Walls Can Talk

    By Kate Bordine I recently attended SCAD, and focused my MFA Design Management thesis around the creative entrepreneur as a catalyst for revitalization in a post-industrial city. This topic brought me to conduct field research in Detroit, MI where I began documenting organizational triple bottom line approaches, and the individuals behind this movement. Common perceptions […]

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  • Harambee! Jones Keeps on Giving…

    By Meagan Hodge Where there’s a need, we’ll find a way! The local non-profit organization Harambee House: Citizens for Environmental Justice, an organization that’s very close to our hearts, caught wind of our recent deconstruction hauls from Jones Street, and contacted us to discuss some material needs of their own. Harambee is Swahili for ‘let’s […]

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  • Open the floodgates, the leak is out!

    by Meagan Hodge So there have been multiple leaks regarding the next big Emergent Structures project over the last month or so. Has everyone been paying attention? It involves reclaimed materials (imagine that), cross-collaboration for the design & build (as always) and sustainable solutions to traditional construction methods (yes, indeed)! All brought together to create […]

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  • Something EPIC in Savannah…

    By Meagan Hodge The Design Management program at the Savannah College of Art and Design is host to the 8th annual gathering for the EPIC Conference, and with this year’s theme being RENEWAL, Emergent Structures has jumped on board to participate!

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  • Hauling Jones

    By Scott Boylston As Materialanthropists Debra and Chuck Caldwell begin the process of planning their historic home renovation on 223 E. Jones Street, Emergent Structures is clearing the material we’ve been deconstructing and storing at this magnificent home in Savannah’s Historic District. Some of these reclaimed materials have already made their way into various Emergent […]

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  • Leak Number Two

    SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 Two 2-hour shifts: 9-11am and 11-1pm 223 E. Jones St. (at Lincoln St.) Emergent Structures and Design for Ability are teaming up to build an educational greenhouse for special-needs high school students. And, of course, we’re building it from materials that have been reclaimed from other buildings. This Saturday, we will collect […]

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  • Installed, and ready for service!

    By Scott Boylston The Savannah Garden rain barrel stands are installed and doing their job! A year ago the studs that now hold up these rain barrels were in the walls of the old buildings on site. Thanks again goes to Charisse Bennett as the Emergent Structures project manager, and Garrison Marr, Director of Sustainability […]

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  • Giving the Mongrel its Tags

    By Scott Boylston Keith Howington has long been a proponent of historic preservation, sustainability and innovative reclamation. Even before he became a board member of Emergent Structures (and now Vice President), he worked diligently in the Southeast to promote green building. A member of many organizations that promote sustainability such as U.S. Green Building Council, […]

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  • SUBMIT A PROPOSAL: Public Art at Savannah Gardens!

    By Scott Boylston | image courtesy of Thomas & Hutton We are immensely pleased to announce the City of Savannah is accepting proposals from qualified artists to design, produce, and install a public art piece in Savannah Gardens that is made, at least in part, of reclaimed materials!

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  • The Partnership Garden at the Moses Jackson Advancement Center (EyR8)

    Emergent Structures was created in response to material reclamation opportunities that arose from the Strathmore Estates (now Savannah Gardens) redevelopment effort in Savannah, GA. Examples of the projects that we’ve created, executed or facilitated as the result of this redevelopment sprinkle our blog roll over the last 3 years. As with many stories of innovative […]

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  • Raising the Bar in The Sparetime (EyR7)

    By Scott Boylston Savannah is well known for its love of old buildings and chilled cocktails. Thanks to Clara Fishel, proprietor of The Sparetime, we can talk about both of them in one post. Clara, former proprietor of the amazing Cafe Metropole, and a sustainability advocate in her own right, opened The Sparetime several months […]

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  • Yes, why not more Shumans!?

    “How can we recreate what’s happened here in every school?” That was the question Dr. Thomas Lockamy, Superintendent of the Savannah Chatham-County Public School System asked at last week’s Shuman Elementary ribbon cutting. And we couldn’t agree more with his sentiment. Robert F. Kennedy once said, “There are those who look at things the way […]

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  • Now Open: The Greenest Garden in Town!

    By Scott Boylston / photos by Meagan Hodge Ready, set…grow! With Shuman Elementary School’s new garden already in full bloom, Emergent Structures partnered with Savannah-Chatham Country Public School System, Savannah-Chatham PTA, and IKEA to officially celebrate the completion of the garden. This week’s ribbon cutting was celebrated with great fanfare, thanks to a wide variety […]

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  • Gator in the Garden

    By Scott Boylston / photos by Tiffany Lindeborn We love Gator Rivers! Even before SCAD’s Design Ethos DO-ference, and all of the wonderful things that came out of the workshop dedicated to Harambee Farms and the Harambee Globecroppers, Emergent Structures was working with the former Harlem Globetrotter Gator Rivers on public school garden projects like […]

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  • Savannah Gardens Rain Barrel Community Workshop!

    By Charisse Bennett On Saturday March 10th, all 19 rain barrel stands were assembled and painted by a wonderful group of volunteers ranging in age from 5 years old to 55+ (just a little guesstimate on my part). With tremendous help from Garrison Marr, Sustainable Development Coordinator for the City of Savannah and other intrepid […]

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  • A Peak at the Rain Barrel Stand Process

    By Charisse Bennett You can buy a table, or you can make a table from raw materials. Or you can do something in between, like buy a partially assembled table, and build it at home yourself. There’s often a great deal of satisfaction associated with constructing parts of a table yourself. You’re released from the […]

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  • Rain Barrel Stands for Savannah Gardens!

    By Charisse Bennett On March 10th, newly established Savannah Gardens residents will come together for one of their first community events in the new development’s history, and we’re happy to say that it will celebrate the site’s past by incorporating reclaimed materials into a community-based, sustainable design project!

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  • The Harvest that Keeps on Giving

    By Scott Boylston In a post from last August on Mercy Housing’s mixed-income redevelopment of Savannah Gardens, we showed you the flooring that was re-purposed from roof sheathing reclaimed from the old buildings on site, and denailed through the efforts of Emergent Structures. Brian Quigley, GC for NorSouth (the lead contractor for this EarthCraft redevelopment […]

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  • 90% Reclaimed is 100% Complete

    “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”  —John Muir By Scott Boylston On December 17th, the last reclaimed board was screwed into place at the Shuman Elementary School Garden! It’s been a long journey, beginning with material […]

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  • Gift Garbage

    By Scott Boylston With only a week left before Christmas, isn’t it time to get out of the stores and into the garbage bin? We’ve spent over two years removing materials from all kinds of waste streams, and gifting those materials to different causes and projects, and we can tell you that not only are […]

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  • Our Own Backyard (part 3): House Walking

    By Scott Boylston Why’d the house cross the road? a) To find a new home b) Because it’s board c) To get to the other side (of demolition) d) Just wait and see e) leave us your own answer___________________________________ (we’ll send an I Love Bottomfeeding T-shirt to the person who comes up with the wittiest […]

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  • Our Own Backyard (part 2)

    By Scott Boylston Wet em wobble, but don’t wet em faww down. If that’s not making sense, envision a mash up of Playskool and Elmer Fudd. Last week we told you about Southern Pine Company’s magnificent transformer-like re-purposing of a condemned brick building into a ‘new’ permeable courtyard and parking area.

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  • Our Own Backyard (part 1)

    By Scott Boylston Sometimes we neglect to call attention to things happening in our own backyard, and this is the case over the last few months with Emergent Structures and our board member Ramsey Khalidi. Long before Emergent Structures, Ramsey was reclaiming materials and whole buildings through his company Southern Pine Co., and his intimate […]

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  • Spin Cycle (EyR 5)

    By Clinton Edminster Everything spins. Everything is born, dies, and creates the foundation for rebirths. It’s a cycle, the heartbeat of creation. When we accept this universal pattern and begin working with it, life becomes a beautiful story. We begin to notice the playfulness of reality and everything just falls into place. And so it happened with […]

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  • Movin’ at Shuman

    By Scott Boylston The completion point for our pergola at the Shuman Elementary School is getting closer and closer! Another fine day of painting and building brought the project to within one or two last days worth of work. For the next week or so, however, Emergent Structures will step out of the way to […]

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