Transforming C+D Waste into Community Wealth

Transforming C+D Waste into Community Wealth

Emergent Structures has developed a multi-pronged strategy for construction and demolition (C+D) waste transformation with localized wealth creation resulting from these material flows. Through on-ground iteration, inclusive design practices, and multi-stakeholder collaboration, we've developed the tools, knowledge, and capacity to facilitate the successful application of this process in other cities.

Ascribing to the emerging "Social Labs" approach to dealing with complex social challenges, Emergent Structures acts with a focus on generating physical capital, human capital, social capital, and intellectual capital. Over the last 6 years, we have prototyped a suite of multi-stakeholder interventions on a redevelopment project in Savannah, Georgia, then expanded these efforts throughout the city. We have transformed waste streams into structures for low-income communities, tools for vocational training, and objects of wonder (physical capital). We have used deconstruction and construction events to train under-employed people and teach entrepreneurs (human capital). We have brought diverse communities together through the physical manifestation of commonly held values (social capital). And we have co-designed and shared new operational processes with construction companies and municipal agencies (intellectual capital).

Our portfolio (organized within a 3-tier strategic action map) serves as an a la carte menu for wealth generation and community development, and we run workshops to build capacity and create partnerships that result in tangible assets for numerous stakeholders. We are in the process of co-creating a cloud-based Enterprise Resource System that will make this process more efficient and productive.

Presenters: Scott Boylston

Conference Track: Added Value / Refinishing, Community Partnerships, Business Partnerships, Circular Economy, Design, Practice,

Audience Level: Advanced / Intermediate

Target Audience: Deconstruction service providers, Demolition Companies, Academics / Educators, Architects, Builders, Government

Type of Presentation: Traditional podium / slide presentation