Measuring abundance based on free time, things to do in your free time, and access to the things we want, it is clear we can create more abundance through community living. We can create more free time by cooperating and collaborating to more easily and efficiently accomplish daily living tasks. We can create more diverse and accessible social and recreational activities through cooperative planning and implementation. Applying cooperation to “stuff”, we can establish resource based economies and tool and equipment libraries that increase access to the things we want also. One Community is open sourcing a model for communities that provide all of this 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 June 12th, 2022 edition (#481) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating abundance through community 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 began re-structuring the Aircrete content so it follows the engineering page template. We also had a meeting with the City Center Hub connector team to discuss future work and give new assignments for this week, and we reviewed and responded to Daniela’s responses to roadways cost estimates, and Yuran’s work on the Walipini webpage.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #248 of Dean’s work as he is finishing up the actual renders. The picture below shows two test renders of the updated bathroom.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 31st week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started off by reviewing all the newest comments. Afterwards she continued to work on the Roadways cost analysis excel sheet. Daniela was able to find various sources for decomposed granite that provided various ranges in costs, so she provided three sources in the cost analysis. She continued to link sources that she had been working on last week and adjusted values based on Sangam’s price suggestion for a material. Daniela was able to complete all changes for tabs ranging from Total Unlimited Expense to Water Catchment Expenses. Next she worked on two tables that were not created by her, these took a bit more time to interpret and research. She also added a bit more narrative to the Roadways document. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 12th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei modeled a 10000 gallon water tank and placed two of them underground beneath the fountain. He also researched stormwater harvesting. Considering two different end uses, toilet flushing and hand washing, and the huge difference between the two demands, it is better to design two independent sets of harvesting systems. The rooftop rainwater harvesting with a smaller storage capacity and treatment processing for potable water is used for the faucets’ uses. The stormwater harvesting that collects water from impervious surface runoff or rain garden with a much larger storage capacity and a simpler water treatment is used for the toilet flushing. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 11th 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 focused on looking for cost estimation of pyrolysis, but sources are not pointing out large scales so were not adopted. The cost analysis and revenues generated from plasma gasification was further elaborated, using a case study in South Africa. The majority of time though was taken to convert things on that paper into the USA’s point of view. Lastly, a plan of revenue estimates was proposed, since the price of electricity and fuel vary over time, which is considerable and needs to be unified for comparison with other systems. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Kivia Sugiarto (Sustainability Research Manager) completed her 3rd 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 the costs and revenue streams of landfilling municipal solid wastes, including the collection of landfill gas. She did research on this to gather information, mostly from an EPA resource. After synthesizing the information, Kivia started writing the narrative on the common Google Doc and will continue to do so next week. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is creating abundance through community 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 Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 37th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus completed all sections, C-C, F-F, D-D, and G_G. She added new furniture, new walls, new columns, and changed the position of some columns and walls to match the updated floor plans. See pictures below.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 34th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, she continued working on the window and door updates in the SketchUp Model. She finished modeling Door 14 and Door 8 according to the door size detail in the latest CAD drawing. Huiya also updated Door 14 in the Living dome and Door 8 on the fourth floor in the central area. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 32nd week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, Yuxi continued discussion on entry door and window-column location. It seems that minor structural adjustments could be needed to best preserve the pre-fabrication nature of exterior walls. She will bring the sketch to discussion with the team next week. Floor opening enlargement discussion continued too and they found that it is unlikely to happen due to possible location of the beam, hence there will likely be a minor visual obstruction at one of the social dome windows. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 23rd week helping. with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week though, Raj initially read and reviewed the tutorial to calculate the energy balance using the SAM software. He also worked on adding the missing sections in the hub connectors final document to meet the necessary structure and formatting. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Jain (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 18th week of work volunteering. This week, Prathik also reviewed the “SAM tutorial to calculate the energy balance in One Community” which explains and provides information on how to perform simulations to generate energy model systems for renewable energy and understand the results. He also researched and explored the SAM software website to understand the different models and resources available to better understand the software to perform simulations. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 6th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week Kamil continued working on the dormer design project. His focus this week was on structural integrity for both floors of the dormers and ensuring the design fits well into the given space so that the dormer from the inside is easily accessible and looks good. Kamil is getting close to a finalized design which will need to be insulated and turned into assembly instructions. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 4th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue continued the development of the Duplicable City Center Interior Design by designing curtains, costing furniture, rendering interior space, and creating presentation files. She improved the look of the cost analysis spreadsheets and continued to work on cost analysis. In terms of room design, Yujue redesigned the window curtain and started interior renderings. She also started working on the presentation files of Room 1. See below for pictures related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. She started searching for theme ideas, and she presented four different themes: Beach, Fall, Candy, and Earth. She then selected room number 2 and decided to start with the theme ”Beach”, and named it “Oasis”. The room Oasis will follow the idea of nature, like a beach day by the sea. With a color palette of green-blue, yellow, light brown, and elements like Oars, Surf Board, straw material, etc. Jessica presented her references, and started the search for the materials. She also did a new layout design and started the 3D model to play with all the ideas and colors collected, to mix everything together and try to demonstrate a unique space. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. At first she felt it was a little messy, she was trying to read everything and start the project at the same time because she was really excited with the assignment. At the end of this first week though, Gabriela was able to make a first draft of the layout for the first room, themed “Fairy Garden”, and start the SketchUp model. She also came up with two themes for the second room: Treehouse and Rock Star Room, but she has not decided yet which one she is keeping. The rooms she choose to work with is #12 for Fairy Garden and #4 for the second theme. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating abundance through community 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 continued working on updates for the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We did a general review of the poop trays and reviewed answers to previous comments on the development doc while providing a solution for strengthening the poop tray handle attachments for screw placement into the plywood vs. the 2×2 framing, as well as adding an additional handle to each of the 3 trays, and using paraffin wax to ease the gliding of the pullout trays on the tray bottoms and rail tops. This will be essential for longevity of the trays.
Another member of the core team updated images and text for the right, central and left manure collection trays. This includes a new design of the tray handles and location of screws on the front of the tray. We also finished updating the roosting ladder right sections. The same team member also resolved some of the open comments on the Murphy Bed instructions and generated the back storage section image shown below.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 29th week helping with web design. This week Yuran linked and fixed the tables in the Aquapini & Walipini page. She also finished creating the Eco-community Electric Vehicle Integration and Charging Infrastructure Guide page, including adding images, tables, the Resource section, and final checking of the format for the page before submitting it for review. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Adam Weiss (Kitchen Operations Project Manager) completed his 16th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. Adam worked on reviewing Marilyn’s 3 day block menu submissions in detail and added comments, suggestions, and substitutions. He also reviewed some changes to the master ordering/shopping sheet, and answered emails and text messages. Most of Adam’s time was spent reviewing comments and recipe submissions to make sure that he answered as many as he could. The pictures below relate to this work.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 9th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn adjusted recipes for FRESH WEEK A and FRESH WEEK B, after reviews and suggestions on particular ingredients, relational uses for leftovers, and recipes to fit dietary restrictions. She did this making sure to add protein options specifically for both vegans and omnivores and changing recipes that would be difficult as regards to scaling and portioning. Marilyn added sourced recipes to the menu block page and updated already created recipes on the recipe page. She is taking time to correct other recipes in menu blocks putting into consideration the suggestions and reviews. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is creating abundance through community 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, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 12th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. During this week, Adolph completed the structural design report of the roof structure including a description of the steps undertaken during design and the assumptions executed to arrive at some of the conclusions. The report presents the design of a critical truss structure of total span 40ft. Review and adjustment of AUTOCAD drawings will be finalized in this coming week. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating abundance through community 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:
This week the core team completed 21 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.
Miguel Fernandes (Full-stack Developer) completed his 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Miguel started by reviewing, testing and approving PR #411. After that, he improved the user permissions management dashboard, getting the frontend part of it done. Then he reviewed, tested and approved PR’s number #422, #428, #432, and #433. Miguel ended his week writing documentation about the user permissions management dashboard and reviewing PR #435. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu worked on the bugs for deleting unnecessary “!” for user roles and rerouting to calculate total tangible hours for each project category. Phu also reviewed Vera’s and Jorge’s pull requests.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into “implementing a single task WBS page from the management-dashboard”. She dug into this problem then figured out reusing current WBS page code would be the easiest way. So she added a condition to filter the WBS task by id to implement that. Coded in PR 432, already got approved and merged. Yiyun then started working on “giving appropriate views for different users”. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Ron continued to work on resolving bugs. There were some issues that were caused by the pull requests that he created so they were reverted until a new fix can be provided. Earlier this week, assistance was provided with debugging and identifying two core issues that led to irregular displays with fonts and pop ups throughout the entire HGN application; changes to fix this were made in collaboration with other team members. For developmental changes, and also in collaboration with other team members, Ron worked to modify variables in two components that resolve functional issues regarding time entries and permission-related issues. See pictures below for some of this work.
Steven (Shaoyu) Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Steven helped resolve three bugs and raised PRs according to each bug. First, he applied the “active inactive button” logic in the user management page to the user profile page, this solved the problem that accounts keep coming back if they are deactivated from their profile. Second, he made the save/cancel buttons only show on the “Basic Information” tab in the user profile when login in as a non-Admin user. Lastly, he rearranged the layout of the save/cancel buttons to make them look more consistent and intuitive. See pictures below for some of this work.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, this week Eiki reviewed weekly summaries, did work on rescheduling the biweekly meetings with the team, onboarded and answered questions for new team members, and communicated with Jae and the rest of the team for managerial tasks. In terms of software development, Eiki answered coding problems and continued to work on the task notification feature. His main work this week involved writing queries on the backend to collect weekly completed hours and tasks for users in a user’s team and condensing it all into a single aggregation function. By doing that, Eiki further improved the responsiveness of the app because the backend now only makes one request to the database rather than multiple. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jorge Ivan Rodriguez (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week he worked on the timer component by adding some redux libraries as a “REHYDRATE”, the component is working well but the synchronization takes a few seconds to work due to the fetching that the component needs to validate. He also started working to stop the timer after logging out, it is working but doesn’t pass the tests, so still working to fix the issue. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park (Graphic Designer, UX Designer) completed his 3rd week helping create the social media images for these weekly progress update blogs. This week, Yongtae made adjustments based on feedback to some of the previous images and created new images from 537 to 546. He focused on manipulating the color schemes of the original image sources to make the texts be more visible. He also experimented with overlaying two images together to give another meaning that aligns with the title. Below you can see the images he created.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera fixed several bugs: she helped Ron to fix broken popups and made a PR that fixed the bug that Admin/Owner was no longer able to edit dates of user time logs and couldn’t change intangible time to tangible. Vera then took over the front end of the reports functionality and now she is trying to fix the display of weekly tangible time on a person’s report page. Also, she continues to work with Eiki on task notifications: together, they are setting up data transfer between backend and frontend. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jason Kim (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jason mostly did research and ran through the relevant codebase related to the feature that has been assigned to him. Jason spent time understanding the workflow and git. In addition, he started looking into implementing the progress bar in the management dashboard. Jason looked into the idea of using the progress bar feature of reactstrap, which was already being utilized in the leaderboard section. However, upon research, it seemed that reactstrap had some color limitations to it. For example, it looked like indigo and violet colors were not available for use. In response, Jason started building out the progress bar from scratch, setting up a new ‘ProgressBar’ component in React, in response. He was able to create the basic outer skeleton of the progress bar, shown in the current state screenshot in Dropbox in addition to placeholders for the task hours and estimated hours. The component is still a work in progress. See pictures below for some of this work.
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