• Re:Fest Re:View (part 2)

    By Scott Boylston While our last Re:FEST wrap-up posting provided a great review of the overall event, we wanted to make sure the results of the Design & Build competition were also presented. Luckily, Charisse Bennett, who organized the joint fundraiser as a part of her MFA thesis in Design Management at SCAD, has covered […]

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  • Shuman Rising

    By Scott Boylston Over the last few weekends numerous volunteers, IKEA employees, and 3 stalwart Emergent Structures board members have made great headway in constructing the pergola at Shuman Elementary School. If you’ve been following our blog, you’ll remember that back in June, 2010 we put the Shuman project on our strategic chart. At that […]

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  • a solid foundation, in deed

    By Roger Bowman As a new member of the Emergent Structure board, my first “real” project came together with my love of ice cream…although it took Director Scott’s post for me to find out how the two were connected. I was one of the several volunteers who answered the ES call to de-mortar 500 bricks […]

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  • Re:Fest Re:View (part 1)

    By Sara Jo Johnson ROOF?! ROOF?! Why yes! These folks joined ES at the (ReCENT) reFEST- held in Southern Pine Company’s courtyard… which unto itself is a truly magical place. Granted, its sprawling brick patio is 100% reclaimed- ooooh, the stories that those bricks could tell. And, of course, there’s the small former confectionery building […]

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  • BOW.WOW.WOW.

    By Scott Boylston It’s time to celebrate good people. On October 1st, beginning at 2pm, the hotbed of creative diversity in Savannah is hosting Re:Fest [v.1.0].

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  • BREAKING NEWS: Eagles Tear Apart House to Save Cats and Dogs!

    By Scott Boylston As a part of the Design Build Competition and Auction for Dog Houses and Cat Structures (our joint fund raising effort with Savannah’s Humane Society),Troop 16 of the Coastal Empire Council of Boyscouts visited 223 E. Jones Street to help reclaim some of the cedar shiplap siding we’re using for several projects […]

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  • Mercy, That’s a Pretty Floor!

    By Scott Boylston If this floor could talk, what a story it could tell. Like a butterfly, it would tell stories, not only of its day-to-day existence, but of its dramatic transformation between 2 distinctly different lives it has lived. And like children in awe when they are first told that the weightless beauty of […]

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  • Bricks, Carbon, and Guilt-Free Ice Cream

    By Scott Boylston When confronted with abstract ideas or large numbers, most people prefer to be given concrete examples. This is especially true when it comes to matters of sustainability. Very few people, for instance, will remember that the creation of a large solar array can reduce CO2 emissions by 570 million pounds a year. […]

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  • Fundraising with the Humane Society

    By Scott Boylston (We might be able to get through this post without using a cliche…) Join us for the First Annual Design and Build Competition for Dog Houses and Cat Structures! We’re thrilled to be working with the Savannah Humane Society in hosting a multi-part event that begins with you registering to design and […]

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  • Doors to Restore

    By Scott Boylston The Jones Street House has many gifts to give, and thanks to the patience of Debra and Chuck Caldwell, the owners of the house, we have time to harvest them with small volunteer crews, and then identify their most constructive usage. The door and frame being removed above is one of 7 […]

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  • Pretty Mongrel (EyR3)

    As a part of our advocacy for increasing the awareness and the level of material reclamation, we’ve created our Exclaim Your Reclaim (EyR) campaign. We feature case studies of creative re-use, and include as much detail as possible, including the heritage of the materials—the family tree, if you will—of the wood. This is our third […]

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  • Drive-By Harvest

    By Scott Boylston The Big Green Bus came to Savannah for two days last week, and graciously volunteered their time to reclaim cedar from the interior of the Jones Street house we’ve been working on. The 13 students from Dartmouth joined 6 students from SCAD’s Design for Sustainability program in a 2-hour harvest (the 2 […]

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  • Shuman Elementary School Educational Garden: Initiative 5, Part 2

    By Scott Boylston Addition. Adding things up. The sum is greater than its parts. And who says designers hate math?

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  • Shuman Elementary School Educational Garden: Initiative 5, Part 1

    By Scott Boylston When we first posted our ‘Emergence Zone’ schematic back in June, 2010, we followed that post with a detailed description of Initiatives 2, 3, and 4. At that time, we didn’t introduce Initiative 5; the Shuman Public School Greening. Even in our We Heart School Boards post from this past February, we […]

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  • Trash Worth Voting For

    By Scott Boylston Emergent Structures and Habitat for Humanity have been fortunate enough to have the above lamp (made from discarded plastic fencing by Kate Rusek) donated to our This Ain’t Junk fundraiser, and now we’d like to show our gratitude by urging all of our readers to vote for this innovative lamp design in […]

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  • Trash to Treasure, In deed

    By Scott Boylston (Photos by Chris Carr and Scott Boylston) They say that something worth having is something worth waiting for, and what we had on May 27th was certainly worth waiting for. Our Trash to Treasure gala and silent auction—true to the spirit of an emergent structure—transformed into something many of us could not […]

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  • Once a Stud, Always a Stud

    By Scott Boylston Six months ago, the studs that project manager Brian Quigley is marking with the Emergent Structures’ “reclaimed” stamp were still full of nails. Four months before that, they were still holding up roofs in the old buildings on the same site. And 4 months before that, we sat around with Brian of […]

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  • Refreshing Update: Initiative 3 is Complete!

    By Scott Boylston Think of our blog reporting as reminiscent of the days before transatlantic cable. It’s not that it’s bad or inaccurate, it’s just that it sometimes takes a while to deliver the news. Even Communication Arts magazine and the Savannah Morning News (…twice), managed to report their stories about the project before we […]

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  • It’s Time for the Trash to Treasure Gala!

    By Scott Boylston Time is running out to purchase your tickets to the Trash to Treasure Gala! Savannah’s Habitat for Humanity and Emergent Structures first collaborative fundraiser is less than one week away, and we invite you all to join in this unique event featuring live music, open bar, food and a silent and live […]

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  • Ain’t Junk, In deed

    By Scott Boylston For those who didn’t make it to the This Ain’t Trash preview party, here’s a a little taste of what you missed. The Restore space was transformed under the guidance of Emergent Structures’ Vice President and co-founder, Kathy Fritz, an interior design specialist, with nothing more (and nothing less) than a selection […]

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  • Move Over Omnivores: The Detritivores Are Here to Clean Up After You

    By Scott Boylston (a version of this blog post can be read in the April issue of WellFed magazine) Do the words bottom feeder make you hungry? Do they make you want to say, “yes, ma’am, may I have another?” Do you have dreams of bottom feeding that wake you with a deep hunger for […]

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  • Get Your Junk On

    By Scott Boylston Fellow detritivores, the time is at hand! Our first fundraiser begins with an amazing preview party and awards ceremony this coming Friday, April 8th. We have partnered with Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity in creating an unforgettable experience for our supporters and kindred spirits. Get your tickets now!

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  • The Joys of Mission Creep

    By Scott Boylston OK, so we have our hands full, and our minds are focused on building material reclamation. That’s true. It’s also true that within the operational range of Emergent Structure’s mission, our plate is already very full—we don’t need to look anywhere else in order to find work to do. But how can […]

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  • Thank You Tidewater!

    By Scott Boylston Soon after we started deconstructing the interior of 223 E. Jones Street, Emergent Structures got a phone call from David Stroud, Project Manager of Tidewater Preservation in Fredericksberg, Virginia. David very simply said that Tidewater, a construction company well known for its high quality preservation work and construction, was familiar with 223 […]

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  • Storefront Sustainability: Refreshing Redux

    Whitemarsh Plaza, SCAD Design for Sustainability students and Emergent Structures are hosting the second  “Refreshing Opportunities” Sustainable Strip Mall Extravaganza! Monday, March 14 from 3pm to 7pm. Note: Some of this text was originally published in the March issue of Wellfed magazine. By Scott Boylston A sustainable strip mall: Oxymoron of the century—or the beginning […]

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