• Garbage in, Tables Out!

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    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 sq ft entrepreneurial center, the Creator’s Foundry.

    Emergent Structures harvested materials from three of our trusted business partners: DIRTT Environmental Solutions’ Savannah manufacturing facility, IKEA’s Port Wentworth Distribution Center, and Rives E. Worrell, a JE Dunn Company. Once we collected excess mahogany slabs from IKEA, excess tempered glass from DIRTT, and excess rebar from Worrell, we gave the materials and the task of creating functional working platforms for creative entrepreneurs at the Creative Foundry, the talented SCAD students did the rest!

    Many of these tables have already been sponsored by local businesses and individuals, but there are still some sponsorships available!!!! Get in touch with Kait at the Creative Coast to procure a sponsorship before the opportunities are gone.

    Finally, if you’re curious about the signage at the top of this post, the Maven Makers (new tenants of the Foundry!) made this sign for the Creators’ Foundry from materials that Debra and Chuck Caldwell donated to Emergent Structures through our innovative materialanthropy campaign.

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    Alexander Bilzerian:


    Christian Dunbar:


    James Ervin

    Victoria Gonzalez:

    Levi Gordy: 

    Andrew Greenbaum:

    Shawn Horsey  

    Jasmin Pena

    Pooja Pawaskar

    Sahil Singh  

  • Farm Cart Design Keeps Rolling

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    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 the farm to the farmers’ market, and from the parking lot of the market to the individual farmers’ vendor spots. The ultimate goal is to identify the absolute best solution, and build it with reclaimed materials to be ready for use in the fall of 2015.

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  • Crafting the Farm Cart Baton Before Passing it

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    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 them, and creating sensitively imagined solutions for the end users of the project, namely, farmers at the Forsyth Farmers’ Market in Savannah.

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  • Platforms for Change

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  • 12 Hunks of Garbage

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  • Farm Cart Update

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    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, and then watched as customers were magnetized to the assortment of produce and attractive displays. Most importantly, we captured it all on video. This way we were able to point out some of the pain points that were inextricably weaved into the current process.

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  • Turning Lemons into Furniture

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    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 metal prototyping class—will unveil their tables at a special event at the The Creator’s Foundry, where DIRTT Environmental Solutions will host an award and sponsor-recognition luncheon, and IKEA will provide prizes for the first, second and third place entries to our Savannah Rails Table-Making Extravaganza!

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  • Time for Greenbriar’s Greens to Grow!

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    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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  • One World brings Solar Power to E.34

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    One World Sustainable has delivered the sun to the E. 34 greenhouse!

    One World VP Keith Freeman, a long-time friend of Emergent Structures, joined his son, Jake, in installing just under 1 kW of solar photovoltaic panels on the roof of the greenhouse so we can run the lights and the exhaust fan with renewable energy. We are so grateful to One World Sustainable for their generous donation of the panels, hardware and racking, as well as the full cost of installation. THANK YOU, One World!

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  • Farm Cart Anyone?

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    As with our Greenbriar Garden Shed, the latest Emergent Structures project aims to serve the Savannah community through a unique collaborative experience between SCAD and Savannah Tech students. Made possible by a generous grant from Gulfstream, our 2015 community collaboration project focuses on the needs that local farmers have while transporting their goods from their farm to local farmer’s markets, and specifically to the Forsyth Farmer’s Market.

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