Humanity is capable of achieving Earth’s ecological potential. One Community thinks the path to accomplishing this is a global cooperative of teacher/demonstration hubs working together to open source, evolve, and share sustainable approaches to all foundational aspects of living. The designs we’re developing cover food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, 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 October 8, 2017 edition (#237) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
ACHIEVING EARTH’S ECOLOGICAL POTENTIAL INTRO: @0:34
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @7:36
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @10:19
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @11:38
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @12:10
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @12:44
ACHIEVING EARTH’S ECOLOGICAL POTENTIAL SUMMARY: @13:53
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One Community is working towards achieving earth’s ecological potential 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:
The core team continued Sketchup design for the open source outdoor areas of the Recycled Materials Village (Pod 6). This week we researched ideas for the outdoor game and exercise areas and designed and modeled the walkways and several outdoor game ideas in Sketchup.
Sangam Stanczak (Ph.D. and P.E.) continued researching the filtration options for the Communal Eco-shower greywater. You can see a summary of this week’s findings here.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineering Masters Student) completed his 10th week with us doing research and running calculations for the Earthbag Village. This week’s focus, as shown here, was continuing researching the effectiveness of nails as an anti-sheer option between earthbags.
Jagannathan Shankar Mahadevan (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 4th week working on the Straw Bale Village cost analysis. What you see here are 3rd-generation cost estimates. We’d say we’re now about 80% complete with the full cost analysis for this village.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping us create quality Cob Village (Pod 3) renders. Here is update 84 of Dean’s work, continuing to test and develop the textures and lighting from the skylights and windows for the central dining and presentation hall.
Hamilton Mateca (AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer) also finished his 58th week helping with the Compressed Earth Block Village design and render details. This week’s focus was these two final renders of the Massage and Treatment Room Looking Northeast and this view of the barbecue and social space on the North side of the 2nd floor looking East.
Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) also joined the team and completed this updated Compressed Earth Block Village kitchen render by adding people, food, and other aesthetic details
Samantha Robinson (Graphic Designer) completed her 10th week working on the interior design for the living structure of the Tree House Village (Pod 7). This week’s focus, as shown here, was finalizing the stair and railing designs, adding in the initial window-blind details, and other minor aesthetic improvements.
One Community is working towards achieving earth’s ecological potential 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:
Falgun Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 6th week continuing to review, run calculations, and update the specifics of the remote-energy setup plan so we can update the Highest Good energy page. This week’s focus, as shown here, was the feasibility of including a battery backup and starting the outline for the 2nd phase of adding residents.
Dipti Dhondarkar, (Electrical Engineer) continued with her 53rd week of work on the lighting specifics for the City Center. This week’s focus was finalizing the lighting options for the Dining Dome column, wall, overhang, and table lights. We then created the image shown here and added it and a summary of our findings to the website.
Aravind Vasudevan (Mechanical Engineer) continued his calculations and research for climate battery component of the City Center Heating and Cooling open source hub. This week’s focus was sizing and placement specifics, adding more details to the tutorial, and updating the cost analysis specifics for the fans.
One Community is working towards achieving earth’s ecological potential 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 researching and organizing, and made these images of the recently found resources for our Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan and Sustainable Food Nutrition Calculations page, as you see here.
One Community is working towards achieving earth’s ecological potential 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 week, the core team began building the education Assessment Format open source page and tutorial. This week’s focus was the What and Why sections, building the table of contents, and the Helpful Evaluation Tips and Tools sections, as shown here.
One Community is working towards achieving earth’s ecological potential 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 working with Ashwin Patil (Web Developer) finished another round of revisions and added the Search Engine to the Highest Good society page, bringing this search engine to 95% complete. We also finished final revisions to the Highest Good energy search engine, bringing it to 100% complete.
Sowmya Manohar (Software Engineer, Web Developer & Net Application Developer) working on the Highest Good Network software successfully updated the data in MongoDB through Express and completed the PUT operation in Ember.
In addition to this, Priti Kothari (Information Technology Enthusiast) also completed her 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week’s focus was working to resolve database connectivity issues, some of which you can see here.
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