One Community is creating an open source blueprint for ecological living. It includes open source and sustainable approaches for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. When the plans are complete, we’ll use them to build the first teacher/demonstration hub to check our work, add video and other media elements, and begin the global replication process.
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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 July 5th, 2020 edition (#380) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is designing and sharing blueprint for ecological living 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 the core team finished the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) video walkthrough edits and additions to produce the video below.
The core team also began a detailed review of work and research completed to date on hydropower and began adding more details to finish this tutorial so it is ready for publication on the open source Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance page.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #192 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was adding and working to perfect the grass and bush additions shown in front of the window here. This seems like a small thing but the grass alone took over 6 hours of work to get right.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) also finished the 3rd draft of editing and preparing the Open Source Sustainable Parking Lot guide for web publication. You can see some screenshots of the feedback before integration and some of what the newly edited page looked like after. We’d say this page is now 85% complete.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 7th week as a member of the team. This week Angela finished the final research needed for the Best Small and Large-scale Community Paper Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options page by researching paper businesses and various paper products that a small business could produce. She also began research for sustainable lightbulb company ranking. So far, she has identified several brands and is browsing their websites for information about how sustainable they are. In addition to this, she added to her plastic recycling tutorial by looking at how plastic can be converted into oil and exploring options for creating plastic bottle schools and other buildings. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) continued with her 9th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini continued to work on the Excavation for Footer and Foundation page and writing the content for 3-dome and 6-dome Clusters. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Pallavi Samaiya (Business Technology Analyst) also continued with her 3rd week researching how to sustainably manage and process non-recyclable waste. This week Pallavi researched on landfills, incinerators and plasma gasification options for community processing of non recyclable products. She was able to find some implementations of these processes as well. You can see some pictures below of this research and we’d say this brings this tutorial to about 10% complete.
One Community is designing and sharing blueprint for ecological living 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 the core team continued our detailed review of the Duplicable City Center energy analysis needed for LEED Platinum certification and completion of the City Center open source HVAC design tutorial. This week we updated the design days by updating the ddy file from the EnergyPlus website, updated the Occupancy under People Definition based on the measurements listed in that file, updated and verified the lighting definitions, with units converted, updated the freezer’s rate in Electrical Equipment Definitions, and updated the construction sets to the corresponding space types. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
And the core team continued working on the Duplicable City Center structural engineering details. This week we used access to the previous SAP model of the structure to review the current model with assigned material, section details and the end release conditions. With last week’s calculated snow load, different load combinations were performed to visualize the stress in the supporting columns. The current challenge of the SAP model is to integrate the four floors in the same model in order to calculate the seismic reactions of the structure as a whole. Therefore, next week’s emphasis is on finding out the approach for this integrated SAP model. You can see some of this work below.
This week Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) completed her 17th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week Radhieka updated the pictures to royalty free ones and edited the 2 benchmarking spreadsheets from a rough version to a formal one, for linking in the main document. We’d say this brings this tutorial to 94% complete.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Duplicable City Center 3D walkthrough and completed his 33rd week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was completion of draft one of the walkthrough by adding the remaining people needed, adjusting the walkthrough path, and fixing textures. You can see some of this work below and we’d say creation of this walkthrough video is now 80% complete.
And Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major Researcher) completed his 4th week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week This week Ian finished an initial determination of sustainability rankings for companies and began filling out an information spreadsheet for window products. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is designing and sharing blueprint for ecological living 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 also continued researching rabbits. This week’s focus was working on final formatting and additions and restoring some lost content. You can see some of this work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 90% complete with this research.
The core team also continued working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week’s focus was updating all the images on pages 35-72 after updating the screening. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of The Roots of Medicine) continued with their 3rd week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week they created recipes for Southwest Burgers, two new soups, baked oats three different ways, and two different sauces made from greens, all for the vegan recipe pages, as you see here.
One Community is designing and sharing blueprint for ecological living 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 82nd week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued work on the 2nd render for the central area that will be used for plays and other events. He redid the security coverings for the classrooms and curtains and backdrop, darkened the room, updated the lighted area, and added the first people to the scene.
Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) completed her 11th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao continued to analyze the structure system to support the attic storage area and roof. With the design dimensions, Zebao also double-checked the critical beam design with a large load applied to it. The result shows the dimension is enough for strength design. With the final design result and code requirements in IBC, Zebao updated the structural layout plans for the ceiling plan, roof plan, and the section. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 60% complete.
Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) also completed her 2nd week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu used photoshop to make new colored plans and diagrams, completed a view analysis, and then converted these plans into digital plans in AutoCAD. You can see some of this work below.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei did research about the plant selection suitable for the general children play area, found precedent projects related to sustainable landscape design, analyzed design strategies for stormwater management, and created the summaries and presentations shown below.
One Community is designing and sharing blueprint for ecological living 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:
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) also completed his 22nd week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry fixed major bugs after we imported the WBS from CVS. There are still some minor bugs for right now but they will be easy to fix. He also added a function in the backend to find the users in the resources and link them to the user page. The task of this week was especially challenging for Henry because he needed to re-designed some structure of the wbs and change algorithms to make the import data work with our database. You can see some of this work below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 15th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Alvaro continued the code review of Tengxiao’s timer component and researched how to make sure installation of plugins happened during the local environment set up. This is so Tengxiao could verify the airbnb code style conventions compliance of his pull request. This would also clean up the formatting noise of future pull requests for a faster code review in the Highest Good Network development team. This has been a complex topic for Alvaro since he had to learn how different development tools work behind the scenes to start understanding what was going on and how others in the team could make sure Linting tools are working in their development environments. You can see some screenshots of Alvaro’s behind-the-scenes work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 11th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software too. This week Wen helped with code review, cleared some google doc comments/questions, and continued with her focus on the badge functionality, testing code on her local machine. You can see some screenshots of Wen’s work-in-progress below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 11th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week he continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to educators, engineers and various supporters of The Venus Project. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and some screenshots of the overview he shares.
Andon Ignatov (Full-stack Developer) completed his 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon’s work mainly involved helping out with pull request reviews for others. That involved review and testing as well as related discussions on Slack, approval and merge of WBS4.2.6/Delete_User pull request. He also implemented a new feature and submitted a pull request WBS# 4.2.4 for the HGNRest (backend), this feature will automatically reactivate a user based on the scheduled date. Towards the end of the week Andon started working on designing the unit testing for the Weekly Summaries Report component. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the Delete functionality changes. This will allow the administrator to delete a user with three options 1) Delete forever 2) Make them inactive 3) Delete user and archive data. Upon clicking the delete button in the user management grid a popup will display with these three options. They have also added a new column in the user management grid which displays the resume date for the paused users. The team also introduced a default sort for the user management grid in the descending order of the created date so that the latest users will be listed on top. You can see some of this work below.
And Adam Capdeville (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Adam completed half of 1.4.8, profile blue squares visibility and added the ability for users to delete their own links. Viewability privacy for phone, email, blue squares is still in the works. Adam also worked on creating a more minimal profile design and layout. Next week Adam will be working towards completing the privacy layer of user profiles as well as the overall overhaul of the look and feel of the profile. You can see some of Adam’s behind-the-scenes work below.
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