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    Most Innovative in the Nation!

    Emergent Structures is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded a 2016 Sustainable Building Award for “The Most Innovative Building Material Re-Use Organization in the U.S.A.” by Build News, a construction and property development magazine in the United Kingdom. Emergent Structures has been recognized for our innovative material re-purposing initiatives, and our unique storytelling approach […]

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    Thank you Eva

    Any carpenter will tell you that nothing good could come of wearing loose clothes in a wood shop. Yet, there Evelena was, day in and day out, working every corner of Southern Pine Company’s expansive and labrythine mill in long, flowing skirts with effortless grace. And it didn’t matter how many loads of reclaimed lumber […]

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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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  • Platforms for Change

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  • TED Talking about Bottom Feeders

    This past weekend, Emergent Structures president Scott Boylston gave a TED Talk at Furman University on the need for technological bottom feeders in contemporary society, and the work that Emergent Structures is doing in reclaiming building materials and rebuilding communities. Thank you to the organizers for putting together a great event! We’ll let you know […]

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  • A Good Day to Give

    “Whether you have ever given a dime or a minute of time, your life has been affected by the work of a nonprofit. Now, we are creating an opportunity for everyone, in every corner of the state, to support the causes that make Georgia great.” —Georgia Center for Non-Profits (GCN) We are Georgia proud. Emergent […]

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  • Coverage on Public Interest Design

    Thank you Public Interest Design for your coverage of Emergent Structures. We’re honored to be included!

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  • Hath Not Some Strangeness

    “There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion.” —Francis Bacon Today, on the site of the E.34 Greenhouse, we found a refrigerator. It’s not certain where it came from; it’s only certain that it will disappear as magically as it appeared.

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  • Busy Bees

    In the next week, the Bee Cause Project will install one of their observational bee hives at Savannah’s West Broad St. YMCA, and Emergent Structures, in conjunction with Gulfstream Aerospace, is proud to have supplied the reclaimed wood for the project. The observational bee hive will teach children at the Broad Street Y the value […]

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  • An Emergent Experience

    By Dee Seaver Each summer, the typical higher education student must decide what they will do to occupy their summer. Sometimes it’s go home, maybe take a trip abroad, or find an internship to bolster resume content. As a first year grad student still trying to find my way, I wanted to find something to […]

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  • Full Circle of Great Goodness

    Meagan Hodge received her masters in Design for Sustainability from SCAD in 2011. Throughout the course of her studies, Meagan opened her heart to the Savannah community, and volunteered for many, many organizations. And, lucky for us, she’s shared a special affinity for Emergent Structures. In fact, Meagan participated in so many Emergent volunteer events […]

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  • Local Waste Streams can IN DEED Create Local Wealth Streams!

    Front page headlines for reclaimed materials providing the necessary resources for education and economic growth in Savannah! A hearty congratulations to Meagan Hodge and Willie Mobley of Design for Ability! Job coach for Savannah Chatham County Public Schools, Willie Mobley, and SCAD Design for Sustainability alumna and Emergent Structures project manager, Meagan Hodge have been […]

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  • Reclaimed Bee Cause!

    By Scott Boylston This past August, we wrote a post about our collaboration with The Bee Cause, a non-profit organization committed to teaching young people the irreplaceable role of pollinating bees in sustaining the health of our ecosystems by installing 1,000 observational bee hives in public schools. The Bee Cause’s efforts are making a huge […]

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  • Time to Jam Out with Design for Ability!

    This coming Sunday, October 6th, join us in supporting Design for Ability, the newest sustainably-oriented, non-profit organization in town! Design for Ability has been hard at work providing apprentice programming for special populations youth in Savannah for over a year already, often collaborating with SCCPSS high school career coach Willie Mobley.

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  • Like the Bat Signal: You Call, We Answer

    Back in 2009, when Emergent Structures first started and before we became a 501c3 non-profit organization, we called our effort the Emergent Structures Project–ESP for short. A few months after we started, the below tag showed up on E. 34th Street, along the back property line of Southern Pine Company.

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    all in the course of a morning…

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  • A Table Worth Gambling For!

    It’s not that often you get a chance to win a handcrafted table that’s made from reclaimed materials, built by high school apprentices, and an exact replica of a table that was built for the local Whole Foods Market…now’s your chance! The Savannah-based design/build furniture studio Oxform has been working with the student apprentices from […]

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  • More Seeds to Plant

    By Dee Seaver Gifts are coming together for our generous kickstarter funders! We’re developing each gift to reflect the mission and the purpose of the greenhouse, Emergent Structures, and Design for Ability. The packets of harvest seed that some of our donors will receive is a great example of that goal.

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  • Block by Block

    Thank you Catherine Keen Design for your generous donation of CMU to our educational greenhouse project: You are truly helping us build our foundation! (And that’s not the only tub on the greenhouse site, by the way).

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  • waiting for godot, and boerewors on a roll

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

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  • Paintings by Elsie Hill!

    Savannah-based artists Elsie Taliaferro Hill has delivered on her promise to donate paintings to the Kickstarter gift collection for two generous donors who selected the $1,000 or more gift! We picked up the paintings from Elsie in her studio today. The two paintings can be seen on the wall beside her in the above photograph, […]

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  • Permits in Hand!

    Look out, Savannah, here we come! While it took a little longer that at first expected, the permitting process for the Design for Ability educational greenhouse is complete, and we officially have all our permits in hand! Tremendous thanks to Emergent’s VP Keith Howington, to Russ Aldridge of Hardin Construction, and to Mark Boyles, civil […]

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  • Op op op op oppan Penguin Style

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

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  • Penguins + Scarfaces

    Thank you everyone for participating in our “caption the penguin” contest. It was a mighty close call! The winning line Say hello to my little friend, in the words of one of our judges, “opens up a whole new level of photographic interpretation, which, when considered, creates a brand new narrative. The cat looks like […]

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