• 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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  • Setting the Table for Success

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    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, making tables for new business start-ups at the Creators’s Foundry seemed like an idea with legs. And Emergent has just the materials for the job!

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  • Larger than Our Direct Impacts

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    A bad solution acts within the larger pattern the way a disease or addiction acts within the body. A good solution acts within the larger pattern the way a healthy organ acts within the body.

    —Wendell Berry

    Emergent Structures continues to work with a vigilant eye toward what Wendell Berry has called solving for pattern, or seeking to devise interventions that ripple positively through the system in which they’re enacted. There is not a single project we have initiated or facilitated that did not consciously include an exploration of what negative or other positive consequences of our actions might result.

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  • TED Talking about Bottom Feeders

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    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 when the video is posted online.

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  • Our Biggest Fan (installation)

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    The checklist is getting shorter and shorter! Today’s accomplishments: Install our biggest fan ever, pour cement for the north and east door thresholds, and caulk the roofing. Then, off to enjoy the rest of the beautiful day.

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