Let’s create a new paradigm for sustainability that includes consideration of what is for the “Highest Good” of all people and life on this planet. One Community is open sourcing everything needed to build teacher/demonstration hubs for this purpose.
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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 November 21st, 2021 edition (#452) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a new paradigm for sustainability 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 responded to comments and reviewed/edited the text added by Daniela to the Aquapini & Walipini Design document. We also began re-reviewing the document in its entirety and made notes of the additional work necessary, such as reviewing the associated spreadsheet and overall document outline. We also set Frank up with another task, namely helping with the remaining work on the solar design tutorial and energy demand estimates, began an email communication to Hajjar to investigate why the aircrete is once again collapsing, and requested that the Aircrete team provide pictures and text to document their journey with aircrete.
Two other core team members reviewed and made more suggestions to the Murphy bed assembly instructions. We reviewed and edited Stacey’s Murphy Bed doc from Section WS3-WS19. This included sections on Walls, benches and tables, and the first floor ceiling joists. There were numerous details to sift through regarding accuracy of the quantities of furniture pieces, specific numbers and lettering sizes (advising to enlarge to lessen eye strain), and miscellaneous related corrections. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #229 of Dean’s work and the focus was more lighting testing and adjustments. Pictures below show some of this.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 70th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis adjusted the water storage plumbing by elevating the pipes connected to the auxiliary pump in the Net-Zero Bathroom. The pipes were raised to increase pump accessibility for the purpose of maintenance or changing the pump itself. He then began researching all the parts that are necessary to ensure a secure connection between the pump and the water line. The list of parts and tools were added to the Net-Zero Bathroom Instruction/Tutorial. Pricing on the parts were researched and added to the cost analysis. The parts researched are to be rendered and used in an assembly to help illustrate the steps to realize a long and optimized pump life. The pictures below show some of this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 21st week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, mainly focused now on the Earthbag Village components. This week Daniela focused on making changes to the Earthbag Village Drainage Plan. She based changes off of notes that David had created for her. This included altering the legend, including a chart to indicate how large the drainage areas are, and adding a pathway for ADA compliance. Some aspects of David’s notes were changed because they did not take into account the rock swale around the outer end of the roadway. Due to this, Daniela made slight changes to the ADA compliance pathway and the perforated pipes. Later she created new PDFs in order to include the images into the Updated Earthbag Village Water Catchment Content. Small details were changed in order to ensure the visualizations were clear to the viewer and the images were then included into the report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 18th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas worked on finalizing the battery chemistry to be used for the Solar Farm Storage application. He continued to make changes with respect to the Final Report on the EV Integration. He also re-ran the techno-economical analysis of one of the charging cases and researched additional details regarding the golf carts for the community. Pictures below are related to this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 17th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team investigated more into the root cause of why their aircrete batches continue to collapse. The Team double checked their procedure and did the process of mixing very carefully. They focused on the foam density and noticed that the density of foam changed very quickly after the first sampled amount which measured within the desired range of 90 to 100 g/L. The Team continues to investigate this issue and communicate with DomeGaia for their input. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a new paradigm for sustainability 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 worked with 3D SketchUp for the City Center to provide detailed images with all dimensions and angles for the framing of the City Center dormer windows. This included generating orthographic drawings for the second floor dormer section.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 27th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan worked on the Health Insurance research. He has been constructing the conclusion of the narrative, trying to determine and explain the most cost-effective health insurance strategy for One Community. As part of this endeavor, Aidan has been revamping the scoring system that ranks the best health insurance options. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 18th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus made some changes on section A_A according to her supervisor’s suggestions. She edited her mistakes on the drawing and changed the line weight. She also updated the basement furniture according to the latest updates to the plans and removed some lines and added windows and furniture. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 17th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. Carlos finished this week delivering the new segment for Bed Pallet and fully completing said furniture. For the wardrobe, he is currently finishing the Bifolding Door Hardware animation and adding new camera angles. All these new incorporations should be finished next week, as well the complete Wardrobe Pallet render. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 12th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she worked on updating the Living Dome and basement. Xuanji removed part of the hallway on the first and second floor, then expanded bedrooms 3, 4, 9, and 10 and added a storage room on the second floor. She also did some study for resizing the boiler room. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 9th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya had a meeting with Xuanji and Yuxi to discuss the feedback from Jae about the new updates to the floor plans and the working plan to revise the SketchUp model. After the meeting, she worked on revising the architectural SketchUp model for the Living Dome according to the latest CAD drawings. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 7th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi met and collaborated with the team on the Dining Dome basement changes to better fit for efficient space usage. She also remodeled ramps for the vehicle entry to the basement, made the columns of Dining Domes to be continuous model wise so they would be easier to change later, and using the model as a cross-reference, discovered a few columns were not accurately aligned in the CAD file. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Min Jung Koo (Industrial Designer) completed her 2nd week working on the Duplicable City Center dormer assembly instructions. This week Min Jung started on the CAD files and noticed there weren’t clear dimensions. She talked with Tatyana to receive the dimensions needed, did research on different types of dormers and windows, and held multiple meetings with Bryan to discuss the designs. The pictures below relate to all of this.
One Community is creating a new paradigm for sustainability 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 Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 59th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng worked on developing the Aquapini and Walipin external and internal design plan in AutoCAD. She traced the color design plan for the interior of the structures, revised her planting plan based on the 3D rendering, updated the path system to leave space for drainage, and detailed the central terrace design. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 20th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini and Tropical Atrium climate battery designs. This week Frank revised HVAC calculations for the Tropical Atrium, and the Walipini Aquapini designs. He solved an error in his equations. The data and tables, as well as the different graphs, were updated and a comparison graph was created to visualize the difference between the 3 methods: Online-tool-assisted, ASHRAE, and Standard ANSI EP406.4. The pictures below relate to this.
One Community is creating a new paradigm for sustainability 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. We’ll report on the final two elements to be finished as we develop them.
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:
One Community is creating a new paradigm for sustainability 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 29 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Also additional testing and bug identification and correction confirmations for the Highest Good Network software were completed. Pictures below show some of this.
Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) also continued his help with badge design for the Highest Good Network software. This week, Guy finished the badge for “New Personal Maximum Hours Logged in a Week”. You can see some of the related conversations and design process below.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also completed her 15th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week Alex took a different approach to her poster creation. She is making her newer posters trying to keep the images without any changes by adding a mask over the image with text to make it more readable. Alex is using colors from the images for the masks. Some of here latest creations are below.
Hannah Gardner Hattersley (Software Engineer) completed her 8th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Hannah wrote logic for an error message to popup as a user types into their input boxes if they are ignoring a required field. However, she realized after completing this logic that a partially functional validation function already existed. Upon this realization, she deleted her code and altered the existing code to accomplish the goal of the PR. Pictures below are related to this work.
Becky Xin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 3rd week helping with web design, still focused on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Becky began with her second webpage. She has laid down all she could, including creating all the headers and uploading all the images as needed. Becky will need to wait for the webpage’s other updates in order to complete the webpage. She has also received the corrections for her first webpage and is working on changing the errors. Pictures below are related to this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Navya worked on a Dashboard function to click the dot by a person’s name in the Leaderboard and have it show that person’s Dashboard. She did code debugging, checked where the issue was, and added some code so it was able to show the leaderboard by clicking the dot. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also completed her 2nd week helping with web design. This week Yuran checked and revised the Grid-tie Energy Infrastructure Tutorial page based on feedback. This included remaking the tables, checking the formats, images and links, adding links to the references, and uploading the resource files to Dropbox. She also started working on creating the health insurance page by adding the table of contents and the content of some paragraphs. Pictures below are related to this work.
Kitan García (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kitan spent a good portion of his time getting the project up and running and configuring his workflow. He needed to install a specific kind of npm version manager that was more difficult than he thought because of his system but was able to downgrade his npm version to be compatible with the project. Kitan also disabled his linter so that he could use ESLint as requested for this project. It took about 3 hours to get his environment completely set up, create an account, read documentation, and pick a bug to work on. He then spent about 7 hours looking through the code, figuring out how to get it to run correctly, and progressing through finding the bug. He faced some blocks, but was able to get some help from Hannah. Kitan’s now traced the bug to where he believes it is coming from and thinks/hopes he should be able to come up with a solution soon. Pictures below are related to this work.
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