The time has come for creating a blueprint for a sustainable earth. We’re creating one that is open source and free-shared, includes all aspects of sustainable living, demonstrates a more luxurious living experience, and designed to build DIY-replicable teacher/demonstration hubs that will further the movement and make comprehensive sustainability accessible to anyone who wants it.
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One Community’s physical location will forward this movement as the first of many self-replicating teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities to be built around the world. This is the August 7th, 2022 edition (#489) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable earth through Highest Good housing that is artistic and beautiful, more affordable, more space efficient, lasts longer, DIY buildable, and constructed with healthy and sustainable materials:
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 39th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela continued writing the sections regarding Flexible Pavement Design. She started off the week by focusing on the preliminary analysis. In order to further explain some concepts, she reviewed some resources and analyzed the information in order to fully comprehend the material. Daniela also wrote and addressed some commentary for her work. Once finishing the write up for the preliminary analysis section, she started making additions to the CBR Design Procedure section. In all subsections Daniela added more information in order to ensure that the reader understood not only the concept but also the charts she had provided. Daniela also went on to address other comments she had left in the maintenance and rehabilitation section. She added images to break up the text and started researching some information based on her previous comments. She then bolded all concepts that may need definitions either in the narrative or in the glossary. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 20th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week, Diwei added more details for drainage and structure to the Earthbag village 3D model. The procedure for determining the dimension of the drainage with a given flow rate and the slope was documented. For simplicity, the rectangular section was used. The most efficient rectangular section has a width:height ratio equal to 2:1. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 18th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming looked over what waste types should be considered if they come from something toys, razors, or other appliances. This is crucial because he needs to confirm all the feedstocks for power generation to estimate the amount to be treated each year. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Kivia Sugiarto (Sustainability Research Manager) completed her 10th and final week helping manage and complete the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Kivia focused on reviewing and editing mostly on the sections on plasma gasification and case studies on where waste to energy solutions are already in effect. The latter requires some more research to provide the most up-to-date information. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable earth through a Duplicable and Sustainable City Center that is LEED Platinum certified/Sustainable, can feed 200 people at a time, provide laundry for over 300 people, is beautiful, spacious, and saves resources, money, and space:
This week Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 45th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus completed the North, West, East, and South elevations according to the SketchUp Model and plans. See pictures below.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 41st week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya coordinated with Jae and Kamil to sort out the discrepancy in the window design she found last week. After she got the correct window frames, she modeled the living dome windows using the correct window structural model. Next week, she will open the window holes on the living dome shell. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 39th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi worked on the Dining Dome’s large windows. Shell surfaces were cleaned and prepared for the windows. The old window was sized for the inner wall, thus by moving it outward it does not create a seamless transition between surrounding planes. Although not familiar with multi-plane modeling editing, a method was found to create the desired window and she’s ready to make the full window next week. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 13th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week Kamil began creating the final assembly by splitting the parts of the design into timber pieces. He finished assembling the frame of the first floor dormer by mating all the pieces together within SolidWorks. Then he started working to complete the second floor assembly with drawings of each timber piece. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 11th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue Wang continued the development of Room 8, the Nautical themed room. She worked on the window design and furniture design in SketchUp. She also updated the plan in AutoCAD the Interior Design Cost Analysis Spreadsheet. See below for pictures related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 7th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela worked to finish the trees inside the room, adding more branches and leaves, changing the texture and running a few test renders to see if it’s working. She will add a few more branches and leaves as requested. Gabriella also did a few adjustments on the Cost Analysis Table and added a few details in the bathroom. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 7th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Jessica adapted the theme ‘’Fall” to ‘’Country cabin’’, this was done to avoid a seasonal theme that might appeal less to people during other seasons. This change meant she needed to do more research to have references to work with, then she changed the 3D model that was already in progress. She kept the same color palette, removed the pallet furniture, and picked rustic furniture to compose the new theme. Elements like shaggy carpets, rustic furniture, plaid fabrics, wood, trees and mountain animals decor were inserted. Jessica did the design in parallel with the search for items available on the market, adding them to the Design Cost Analysis for room number 11 spreadsheet too. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable earth through Highest Good food that is more diverse, more nutritious, locally grown and sustainable, and part of our open source botanical garden model to support and share bio-diversity:
This week the core team continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We reviewed, answered and added comments on the 3-Day Menu Block doc through page 86. Subject matter included suggesting elimination of almond milk due to its expense and various unhealthy additives, eliminating cornstarch from the ingredients list, pre-soaking beans to reduce cooking time and increase digestibility, and commenting on garlic seed cloves curing and storage. Pictures below relate to this.
The core team also continued working on the Assembly Step-by-Step instructions for setting up the Sheep and Goats barn. We finished assembly of the feeder section with instructions for attachment of the cattle panel inserts. We then started working on the assembly steps for the milking station. We made a couple of corrections to the milking station design to improve stability of the stand by adding leg braces and head gate braces to the design.
The core team additionally worked with Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) (completing his 23rd week helping) review all comments on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan master Google Doc of recipes to make appropriate substitutions for every ingredient not on the Master List. We spent 3 hours on a Zoom doing this and then updated all the Master Spreadsheets with new ingredients that we agreed should be added and then we fixed all the connection codes and related formatting. Below are some images related to this.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 16th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn continued to make adjustments to menu blocks which included changing some recipes as suggested after review, as well as adjusting the changed recipe instructions and old menu block recipe instructions. She also started to fill out missing recipes on the SECOND WEEK menu blocks and is researching and saving recipes for future menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yinka Omole (Recipe Reviewer and Data Entry Assistant) completed her 7th week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plan recipe review and data entry. This week Yinka worked on updating and correcting the cost analysis spreadsheet. She started updating column H (estimated cost per unit) of the spreadsheet. She also reorganized and started fixing ingredients listed on the spreadsheet and updated the master recipe document with the comments for ingredient substitution for FWA-FWD recipes. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable earth through Highest Good education that is for all ages, applicable in any environment, adaptable to individual needs, far exceeds traditional education standards, and more fun for both the teachers and the students. This component of One Community is about 95% complete with only the Open Source School Licensing and Ultimate Classroom construction and assembly details remaining to be finished. With over 8 years of work invested in the process, the sections below are all complete until we move onto the property and continue the development and open sourcing process with teachers and students – a development process that is built directly into the structure of the education program and everything else we’re creating too:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 18th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph continued with the element analysis and design process of structural elements including sizing of the beams, column and wall elements. The model has not yet satisfied drift adjustments. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a blueprint for a sustainable earth through a Highest Good society approach to living that is founded on fulfilled living, the study of meeting human needs, Community, and making a difference in the world:
This week the core team completed 20 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 18th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yiyun finished her rework on the updating timeEntry controller backend PR, per Eiki’s review. It is now ready for merging and testing. After that, she started creating a new task component for each task, so when clicking each task from the management dashboard, it will render to a single task page. Before, this feature only worked for level 1 tasks, with the new component added, it works for all level (1/2/3/4) tasks. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, this week Eiki reviewed weekly summaries and reviewed PR 173, found bugs, made suggestions to fix them, and approved the fixed PR. In terms of software development, Eiki continued frontend and backend work on the task edit suggestions feature. He implemented fetching all task edit suggestions from the backend, implemented roles without edit permissions to automatically create task edit suggestions when they attempt to edit a task, and implemented rejecting a task edit suggestion. Eiki also implemented the task edit suggestions component to only display for users with edit permissions. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan continued to work on the buttons. She created a delete button, and if the user clicks the “delete last day” button, the end date will be shown as N/A on both the user profile and volunteer time page. The “delete” button will also change back to the “set the final day” button. A bug was also identified where, after saving the selected last day date, the user’s status changes from active to inactive. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur completed the initial setup and then went through all the resource materials that are at his disposal. He organized and renamed each file in the dropbox shared with Jae, created good file management folders on his laptop, and almost finished the first draft of the first video, “Overview”. See pictures below for some of this developing work.
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