Adaptable solutions for community living are needed to address both the diverse needs and evolving challenges of our growing global population. To meet this need, we are creating and evolution of sustainability through open source and free-shared sustainability solutions covering 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 July 3rd, 2022 edition (#484) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is building adaptable solutions for 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 completed another round of reviewing the latest Murphy bed Assembly Instructions export. We resolved some comments and added comments with corrections for parts for the storage drawers. Thickness of the drawer walls was increased from ¼” to ½”. We also generated updated rendering images with sections cut off the dome and the Murphy bed in the upper position and table/benches in down position.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #250 of Dean’s work and he produced three more test renders for the bathroom dome.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 34th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Daniela primarily focused on the Flexible Pavements Design Section. She started off by reviewing all comments and kept up with them throughout the week. Daniela then continued to write and add more to the narrative based on her previous research and note taking. For some sections, Daniela had to refer back to the original documents in order to obtain further information. She then input this rough draft into the roadways document and added formatting to the headings. Lastly, she continued writing and addressing the comments she had left for herself. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 15th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei Zhang determined the catchment area, 16000 sq ft, and storage capacity, 20000 gallons, of the stormwater harvesting system for usage of the toilet flushing of 100 occupants. The water tank consists of Atlantis Flo-tank needs 676 tank blocks which cost about $22300 total. This is HALF the price compared to using regular water tanks for the same storage capacity. Two sedimentation chambers upstream of the water tank are used to trap sediment and debris from stormwater. A submersible pump pumps water from the water tank for each net-zero bathroom. A pressure tank is used after the submersible pump before supplying the toilet to protect the pumps. Pictures below show some of this work.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 11th week of work. This week, Dave received new tasks. He carefully read resources and began understanding the existing work on the Roadway and Parking Lot Tables and Charts sheet. He also made a plan to tackle the new tasks. Pictures below are related to this work.
Kivia Sugiarto (Sustainability Research Manager) completed her 5th 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 spent a lot of time looking for applicable case studies. She struggled a little bit to find case studies on smaller communities with lower amounts of waste generation, but managed to research and write about the incineration at Polk County in MN. She continued to look for additional case studies that would be geared towards other WTE methods. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is building adaptable solutions for 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 the core team provide feedback on the City Center Hub Connector final report and had a conversation with the Hub Connector team. We helped with a summary table and write-up on why we deviated from the traditional dome, and discussed remaining tasks, such as the costing section, and then we coordinated the completion of remaining tasks.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 51st week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis continued making improvements to the plumbing section narrative. This portion of the design is crucial to understanding the small parts that play a large role in the performance of the system. This section covered everything from valves to fittings, and he will finish up the portion related to the jet assembly next week. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 40th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on elevations. She updated the South elevation according to the SketchUp Model and changed the position of vehicle entry and some columns in order to match the new plans. She corrected sections C-C and C’C’ according to her supervisor’s feedback. See pictures below.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 37th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, Huiya finished modeling all the new doors according to the CAD drawing and worked on updating the doors on the 1st floor in the master model. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 35th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi fixed the elevator shaft in the SketchUp model, as well as adding elevator doors, call buttons, and the display panel. Roof covering over the shaft was matched with the CAD plan. Due to the shallow depth within the roof, the elevator is most likely to have a deeper pit to adjust for the machine room. Rails on the second floor and third floor were added/updated too. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 9th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week Kamil moved towards the final assembly and began altering the frame components to be standard timber sizing. This is to ensure the frame can be easily built. He has completed the first floor dormer leaving enough room for insulation and began working to fix and ensure the second floor dormer is structurally sound and the window fits perfectly. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 7th 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 updating the renderings of Room 1 and the design of Room 8. She also completed Room 1 cost analysis and presentation documents. She started the design of Room 8 this week. She proposed several ideas for the room theme and chose the nautical theme. Yujue completed the furniture research and design drafts for Room 8. See below for pictures related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 4th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. She designed a built-in closet and a new model for the bed to fit in the room with the curvature of the walls. She then rendered 3 images to configure the new materials and lights and see if the new bed and layout would look good in the room. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is building adaptable solutions for 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 detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We reviewed the new 3-day block menus and provided comments. We also provided supplemental options for the breakfast bar, suggested additional protein options of tofu, tempeh, and ancient grains for various meals, and suggested endives, mizuna, spinach mustard, arugula, collards, dill, kale, etc. for additions to specific dishes.
The core team also continued working on updates for the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We continued updating images and started checking dimensions of the nesting box parts that are in the assembly document and comparing them with dimensions in the 3D SketchUp model to make sure they matched.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 31st week helping with web design. This week Yuran helped backup/PDF all the resources on the Highest Good Food page. She also helped finish the case study section of the Permaculture Design page. Pictures below show some of this work.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 11th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans.
Yinka Omole (Recipe Reviewer and Data Entry Assistant) completed her 2nd week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plan recipe review and data entry. This week Yinka worked on the cost analysis for the Transition Kitchen Recipe spreadsheet and found prices, counts per unit, and their source links. Yinka also started reviewing recipes on the Master Recipe Document looking for ingredients that may need to be substituted. She also checked and tested how well the conversion calculator is working. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is building adaptable solutions for 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. 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 building adaptable solutions for 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 15 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.
The core team also renewed our trademarks for Highest Good Economics®, Highest Good Education®, Highest Good Society®, For the Highest Good of All®, Highest Good Housing®, Highest Good Network®, and our horizontal Logo.
Chris Weilacker (Senior Software Engineer) completed his 38th week of formal contribution to the Highest Good Network software. Chris helped with a diversity of ongoing support for the team answering questions and helping with various emergency bugs. Pictures below are related to this work.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu finished the hours field on the volunteer tab. Now an admin can modify hours and get alert to save the changes to the database. He then switched to working on fixing tangible log time adding. Phu got confused on the time log database because the previous developer did not route them correctly, so he posted his idea in the coding problems discussion channel. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into implementing “filter entries by task” on the timelog. More specifically, she changed the backend to let the “Project/Task” show the task name. Yiyun also made it filter only by task, instead of by project, as per Jae’s suggestion. Other than that, she helped the team on Slack and did PR reviews. Yiyun created a bug list too, at the end of the management-dashboard design doc to record bugs or improvements. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Ron worked on two bugs and a pull request. The issue with the intangible add time entry form for admin + dev accounts has been resolved and a new pull request should be issued in the coming week to merge with the live website. For duplicate user creations, a small tweak is required but should be coming out alongside the upcoming changes. As always, support was provided in reviewing pull requests to assess if changes could be sent over to the application. See pictures below for some of this work.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, Eiki reviewed weekly summaries. In terms of software development, this week Eiki continued to work on the task notification feature. On the frontend, he fully implemented the modal showing the difference in the task before the update and after the update. Eiki implemented the following desired behaviors: 1. On creating a task all task details are displayed as new. 2. On updating a task, the difference between the last acknowledged and new task details are displayed. Finally, he cleaned up code on the backend and frontend by removing unneeded comments, renaming variables, and changing data structures. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park (Graphic Designer, UX Designer) completed his 6th week helping create the social media images for these weekly progress update blogs. This week, Yongtae created 10 new images using Pixabay, Unsplash, and a new free stock site named Pexels. He sent his computer on repair and wasn’t able to move the psd files to his other computer, so there were limitations on making adjustments to the previous images, which he will fix as soon as his computer arrives. Below you can see the images he created.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera continued working on the reports functionality. She finished cleaning up the ProjectReport component and started redesigning the reports. She made a similar header for all the reports and added an activity sign to each report. Vera helped Jason with the team tasks table, helping configure the layout so that the progress bar displays properly opposite the name of the task. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jason Kim (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jason worked on finishing up the issues related to PR 454 – Progress bar implementation specifically related to alignment. Jason made some additional edits to the final product, such as adding lines below each task to divide them and make them easier on the eyes to view. In addition, he started looking at his next feature related to the management dashboard: Adding 24/48/72 hr view buttons for team member time logs. See pictures below for some of this work.
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