One Community is charting a path to true wealth using radical sustainability. We’re doing this because we believe it’s not money that people want, but rather the things money can (and can’t) buy. In our opinion, “true wealth” is a life that fully meets our foundational needs, builds and maintains quality relationships, includes more of the things that make us happy and more time to do those things, and, in the case of our team, makes a difference in the world. Our open source and free-shared plans are designed to achieve all of these and more.
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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 13th, 2022 edition (#503) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is charting a path to true wealth 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team emailed a schedule to the aircrete team for the next two weeks, had a weekly meeting with them, and reviewed the data collected to date. The same team member also created an outline and reviewed the tasks list for the rainwater catchment content, and continued working on the DIY option details for the hub connectors for the City Center. Pictures below are related to this work.
Another member of the core team finished updating the “Aircrete Engineering and Research” website and submitted it again for review by Julia. We resolved comments by fixing indent level for the Materials List, changed the list from numbered to bulleted list, added missing anchors for the “Related Pages” section, fixed broken links in the Resources section, updated the FAQ section with bold font for all questions, and updated all images attributes with captions. See below.
The core team also worked with the software development team further evolving the user stories and flowcharts for the Highest Good Network software Phase 2 which is a material, equipment and tool (MET) tracking component of this web application.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 51st week, returning to work on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial. This week Daniela worked on adding more to the narrative for the Flexible Pavement Design section. Based on previous comments, Daniela decided to research and find more information about certain topics that needed more clarification or explanation. Throughout the week she searched for more resources and read through current documents in order to find the information she was looking for. She changed some paragraph formatting for better narrative flow in addition to adding new images. Daniela responded to comments and changed some sections within the Flexible Pavement Design section in order to add more narrative. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 34th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 10th week with the team. This week, Julia worked on more on reviewing the “Flexible Pavement Design” section on the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial” Google Doc. She also went through the “Duplicable City Center Natural Pool & Spa” Feedback PDF and addressed and resolved comments for finalizing this Webpage. Julia then continued to work on the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and resolved comments that had been integrated. She added further comments for suggested improvements to make these instructions as visually effective as possible. Also this week, Julia began the management of feedback for the “Addressing Non-recyclables” Google Doc. She reviewed and edited the content, making minor grammar and spelling fixes and added comments for needed expansions on research.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 10th week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy edited the non-recyclables tutorial and researched on the questions raised in the comments. She spent most of her time researching whether incineration is a recommended WTE for small communities and the distinction between recycling and WTE. She is now reevaluating recommendations related to incineration. Mercy also edited some sections in the related hardware research spreadsheet. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 9th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip finalized the draft of the best windows tab and made adjustments to the best door tab. He also started working on a spreadsheet to rank the best door companies by figuring out what the most important criteria are for ranking these companies. See below for some pictures of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 5th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the team purchased a lot of distilled water. They began making standard aircrete with soft water and Drexel, and tagged and compressed all 6 cylinders (2 batches) at the 48 hr mark. The first batch of 3 experienced collapse, about 0.5 to 1 inch. During compression testing these 48 hr cylinders “squished” instead of breaking or cracking. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is charting a path to true wealth 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 62nd week, now helping with energy analysis for our open source solar microgrid design. This week Luis developed the Solar Sizing calculations and website narrative. He updated and validated the minimum, maximum, and average energy demands across the Duplicable City Center, Earthbag Village, Ultimate Classroom, and the Strawbale Village. He also formatted and added to the narrative for the website. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 55th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on detailing roof number 3. She modeled the rafters and the roof, added layers to the roof to achieve the desired R-value, added the joint details, and started to make a section of roof to show R-value and define the roof layers. See pictures below.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 20th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Jessica configured all the lights and materials so she could start to render all the scenes. She added the led strip lights on the rays for the dome wall. Also the clouds lamps. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 20th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela worked on improving the size, location, sign and other details of the box for the TV. She also made a box office for the window to fix the problem with the curtains and changed the room layout to center the bed more on the TV. Pictures below are related to this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 10th week working on the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page. Charles completed working on Jae’s comments on the Duplicable City Center Natural Pool and Spa page feedback PDF. The focus there was mostly mouseover text in the Table of Contents. Charles also completed the comments by Julia on the pool and spa page. The focus on that page was areas that he’d fixed before and needed additional fixing.
One Community is charting a path to true wealth 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 questions, and commented throughout the 3-Day Menu Block doc. We also made suggestions for standardizing the individual recipes regarding the inconsistencies in the title caps, spacing, bold print of instructions, ingredients, spacing between separate entities, etc. Pictures below relate to this work.
This week Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 28th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started to research recipes for Summer Fresh Week J and K menu blocks. She utilized some recipes that were taken out from previous Fresh Week menu blocks and developed some new recipes that require fresh ingredients. She commented on the recipe summaries overview and is continuing the process of adding recipes to the menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is charting a path to true wealth 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:
One Community is charting a path to true wealth 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 23 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also completed another 5 hours of reviewing, giving feedback, and creating imagery for the new overview video Arthur is developing.
We also uploaded, shared, and added to the appropriate places on our website this finished video!
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 18th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan finished the set final day button on the user management page this week and fixed the related bug (described last week). Now it is possible to set the final day and delete the final day as an Admin. Now, both the admin and user can select the last day. All that remains is to push the PR for the above coding, which means the front-end work of this project is finished. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 15th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This Week, Arthur mostly worked on delivering new exports of the Main Page video and Ultimate Classroom Labeling video. For the Main Page video he changed out images for the redesigned ones, replaced the animated GFX with a bigger font, and updated the formatting of the intro. For the education video, Arthur added images from the education PDF, updated the callout elements, and worked on the tracking of the callouts. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Bruce checked and made sure that all the people on this page are crawled down by comparing the page with the output from the code one by one. He also made sure that even if the HTML content is not consistently formatted, the code worked fine and could find all the people on the page. He then found out how to get the authorization token to access the backend APIs that he was struggling with in the last week. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kevin fixed a UI bug with the featured badges system where the featured checkbox was not properly aligned with its corresponding column. As a member of the Management Dashboard team, he worked on adding a task deletion method within the WBS tasks area. Kevin noticed there was already pre-existing functionality and design for this feature, so for the time being, he copied the existing code for a ‘Remove’ button on the Action column of the WBS task table. It still needs further testing though before he raises the PR. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Front End Developer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Guilherme finished the Dashboard permissions. He needed to change the hasPermission function in all files again, in order to adapt to permissions of a specific user. The user permissions management layout needed to be changed too. He then raised the PRs for back-end and front-end for code review, explaining what was changed. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week the duplicate badges have been removed from the HGN APP (surge.sh) for dev admin. There were some issues that disabled badge functionality in the app but they were fixed. The display of badge streak is still a work in progress. Pictures below relate to this work.
Vivian Baik (Software Engineer and Project Team Leader) completed her 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software, specifically on Phase 2, a material, equipment and tool (MET) tracking web application. Vivian continued to develop the wireframes and documentation for the project. She updated the ‘Add Tool or Equipment’ form, daily logging of Tool/Equipment form, and the main project dashboard. She also created a wireframe for creating a new team page, time log for members and Build Manager dashboard. See pictures below for some of this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Alan got his local environment set up and began working on a bug related to viewing other people’s dashboards. Pictures below show some of this work.
Kaixiang Gu (React.js / MongoDB Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang focused on two issues for the volunteering times bug. He added features that allow an admin and manager to manually input numbers in volunteering times and made it so category hours will track edited time entries to increase/decrease the number compared to their old entry. Kaixiang then made a PR, posted it on Slack, and updated the Google Docs. Pictures below show some of this work.
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