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    Site is Cleared for the Emergence of E.34!

    We had a big day on the site of the E.34 greenhouse this past Saturday! Ninety nine degree temperatures could keep our team of 18 volunteers from clearing the site of debris and two mountains of materials. The amazing Joe Marchese of Marchese Construction brought an incredible amount of energy and resources, and thank you […]

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    Snow Day Building

    By Brittney Boudwin “Is this really what’s happening outside?” I asked out loud to no one last Saturday morning after spotting a snowflake icon for the current weather condition on my phone. “Our first build day of the year is a snow day?!” I questioned as I put on a second pair of socks. Again, […]

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    The Adam in Adams’ Farm

    By Sara Johnson As interest continues to buzz around Emergent Structures’ farm cart project, an intrigue in the recipient, Farmer Adam, seems to build. (Back story: I led a SCAD design management team on the farm cart’s research phase. Our paper focusing on the project was accepted at the 2015 International Food Design Conference). Though […]

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    DESIGN/FIND/BUILD: A New Motto for Creative Makers

    By Bryan Mossing The typical order of events on a new construction/fabrication project is as follows; Conceptual Design, Design Development, Construction Drawings, Material Purchase, Construction/Fabrication. The key here is that there is an established, typically uniform bill of materials that can be purchased at any moment from a variety of suppliers. Well doesn’t that sound […]

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    Trash Stalking

    By Bryan Mossing With a refined design for Adam’s farm cart, we next hunted—nay, stalked—useable construction waste like a Black Friday shopper going for the limited edition something er’ other. Savannah Tech interns Bill Holden and Nathan Streety—the Dynamic Duo—transformed into part-time pickers. After scouring Craigslist for a used trailer to model our prototype upon, the […]

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    Garbage in, Tables Out!

    Here’s one more look at the Savannah Rails tables, thanks to photographer Pimprae Hiranpruek. Emergent Structures developed this collaborative project that aligned the design and fabrication skills of two SCAD Furniture Design classes taught by professor Aaron Heisler with the interest of The Creative Coast to feature locally sourced and made furniture in their 16,000 […]

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    Farm Cart Design Keeps Rolling

    By Brittney Boudwin After a couple of incredibly thorough and informative presentations from the SCAD graduate contextual research students for Emergent’s latest community project, it was time for students in the Technical Drawing class at Savannah Tech to show off their rendering and design skills. Four groups presented designs for transporting produce and supplies from […]

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    Crafting the Farm Cart Baton Before Passing it

    The incredibly impressive contextual research that was done for Emergent Structures by four SCAD contextual research students (Todd Hinkle , Esther Kim, Amar Chadgar, and Maria De La Vega) in the graduate Design Management program has been passed on to a Savannah Tech class that’s since been hard at work integrating the insights produced by […]

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  • 12 Hunks of Garbage

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  • Farm Cart Update

    By Todd Hinkle , Esther Kim, Amar Chadgar, and Maria De La Vega A LOT has happened since our last post! Our contextual research team has gone out to the Forsyth Farmers’ Market several weekends to conduct observational ethnographic research. We helped the farmers unload from their cars, trucks, and trailers, set up their tents, […]

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  • Turning Lemons into Furniture

    Everyone know the saying about turning lemons into lemonade, but what about the saying where we turn garbage into furniture? Emergent Structures loves those stories! We love them so much we handed 12 SCAD Furniture Design students discarded glass, discarded wood, and discarded rebar, then said, ‘Go!’ Next week these designers—students in Professor Aaron Heisler’s […]

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  • Time for Greenbriar’s Greens to Grow!

    Today, Emergent Structures officially handed over the keys for the Greenbriar garden shed to Gena Taylor, the Executive Director of the Greenbriar Children’s Center! The day was marked by the installation of the Emergent Structures plaque which reveals the history of the reclaimed materials that the garden shed was built from.

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  • Setting the Table for Success

    Jobs needed one. Gates needed one. Even Alexander Graham Bell needed one. Without a table to work on, there’s not an entrepreneur in history who could’ve gotten their idea off the ground (bad pun intended). So, when Emergent Structures and The Creative Coast started talking about ways we could collaborate to support Savannah’s entrepreneurial community, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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?

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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