• 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.

    As one example, our construction work—from E.34 to the West Broad shade house, and from the Greenbriar garden shed to the Thrive planters—has focused not only on food production, but on programs that provide food independence,  food justice, and community resilience as a means of empowering historically disadvantaged communities. Our motto, ‘This is not a board, this is a springboard for sustainable change,” emerged out of our earliest efforts, and we continue to seek those opportunities that create cascading impacts.

    AND SO, we are happy to continue that work. Over the last several months we have been laying the groundwork for our next project. It is both very similar to the work we’ve been doing, and very different. We’re still solving for pattern, and we’re still addressing food production issues in the city of Savannah through the innovative application of materials being landfilled by the construction industry, but this project has wheels!

    With the support of our latest Gulfstream grant, Emergent Structures has embarked on a new collaborative project for 2015 that (like our 2014 Greenbriar garden shed project) brings together young minds from SCAD and Savannah Tech to address discovered needs in Savannah. The interaction so far has been extraordinary, and in the coming weeks, we’ll share some of the impressive contextual research that has been done so far.
    Stay tuned…

  • 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.

  • 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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  • Finishing the Doors: Opening the Doors… Soon!

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    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 list, but lordy, lordy, we sure are close; some of the plant shelving was brought in today.

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  • Savannah Rails: Not Waste

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    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 short). Master blacksmith and furniture maker Aaron Heisler of Pique Studios prototyped the design. Thanks to his incredible craftsmanship and impeccable design sensibilities, it’s more beautiful that we ever imagined it would be.

    Stay tuned for more.

  • If Eyes are the Windows to the Soul, So are Windows

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    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!

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    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, and we are proud to have led the design/build of the shade house.

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  • Last Peak Before the Ribbon Cutting!

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    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 Broad Y children yesterday. As the picture below shows monster is not an exaggeration! Read more

  • PAST/FORWARD: Sharing Our Story with the National Trust for Historic Preservation

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    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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  • A Good Day to Give

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    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 Structures was borne of a confluence of ideas and history that could only have been found in Savannah. And we are proud to call Savannah home. This Thursday, November 13, Emergent Structures is participating in the GCN’s Georgia Gives Day, a 24-hour day of giving to Georgia non-profits.

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