One Community is developing adaptable solutions for global sustainability. They include all the foundations needed for a sustainable civilization. These open source foundations include DIY-replicable approaches for 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 17th, 2022 edition (#486) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for global 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:
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #252 of Dean’s work and he produced this new render of the bathroom/kitchen dome looking from the shower area through the kitchen and into the living room.
This week Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 77th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. Her work focused on addressing comments on the new PDF MurphyBed 6.8 document. Screenshots below show some of her latest updates.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 36th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela read and responded to all new comments on the Roadways document. She shifted the placement of some of the narrative on the live document in order for it to reflect the website. Daniela also made some edits to the narrative for the roadways cost analysis along with making final comparisons with the website. All information that needs to be updated was changed to blue so that all changes could be made more easily. Next, Daniela added a paragraph to the Flexible Pavement Design section for both the narrative regarding the AASHTO equation and the Preliminary Analysis. While doing this, she double checked equations with research to ensure that all the information she was providing was accurate. Then Daniela researched more on flexible pavement design in order to expand on the narrative. She found that the largest component of the design was the pavement width which she already wrote about. Daniela went on to research other aspects of Flexible Pavement Design and found documents on pavement widening and maintenance. This included reading through various documents and finding what information was useful. Once she found reliable sources, Daniela took notes on the information she plans to include in the narrative. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 17th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei focused on the design of the septic tank. One 2,500 gallons septic tank with two chambers is used for each net-zero bathroom. Two septic tanks are set up independently. There are some advantages of applying a septic tank for each net-zero bathroom instead of two bathrooms sharing a single large septic tank. The total cost of two 2,500 gallons septic tanks is cheaper than the cost of a single 5,000 gallons septic tank. Two smaller septic tanks can also be placed in positions that are closer to the net-zero bathroom and a shorter convenient distance enhances the flow of wastewater. The ramp and the staircases between two net-zero bathrooms are designed in detail with consideration of vehicle passibility and wheelchair ramp requirements. However, the slope of the ramp cannot be designed to satisfy the maximum ramp for hand-propelled wheelchairs because of limited space. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 15th 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 did literature reviews on the papers regarding waste-to-energy analysis in developing countries (typically India) and developed countries (typically Europe, Germany). They are all large scales, but Ming thinks he can use them for cost analysis for small scales. For example, for each cost like a capital cost of materials for a pyrolysis plant construction for feedstock of a wood type, the cost wont be affected by its scale (except cost of import maybe). For other costs though, they can be dependent on scale. So what Ming’s searching for are breakthrough points. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 13th week of work. This week, Dave finished writing up the “Foundational Calculations” sections for all major structures of Phase I using the methodology within the Solar Sizing Sheets. In this content, he explained how he approached double checking, comparing and validating data by sorting energy demand by area and by item category with the visual aid of pie charts. With this method, Dave can easily determine which area in general, or which item in specific, needs to be taken into consideration for adjustment. In addition, he also started reviewing the tutorial to calculate the energy balance in One Community (SAM software). Pictures below are related to this work.
Kivia Sugiarto (Sustainability Research Manager) completed her 7th 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 reviewing the content on the main document, looking out for duplicates in content as well as paraphrasing any content that was taken directly from the sources. She will continue working on this for the next couple of weeks. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for global 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 Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 42nd week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on elevations. She updated the North elevation according to the SketchUp Model, changing the position of some columns and furniture to match the new plans. Venus also corrected sections C’C’ according to her supervisor’s feedback. See pictures below.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 38th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya finished the work of updating all the doors on the first floor and the second floor in the master SketchUp model. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 36th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi focused on adjusting the basement in preparation for rendering. Interior walls were verified and the boiler room size was changed according to the CAD plan. One column was added as it was missing from previous edits. Furniture such as shelves, carts, food elevator, and mobile tables were rearranged into the square configuration and missing outside walls were added. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 10th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. This week Kamil focused on the second floor dormer; primarily adjusting the dimensions and framework based on the exact window size and also ensuring the dormer frame for the second floor can be easily made. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for global 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 the core team continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We completed the review for the Master Recipe and 3-day Menu Block Doc for sections FWD, FWE, and FWF through page 53. We also provided two recipe options for inclusion, resolved some comments and added numerous others, assessed nutritional values of some ingredients and suggested eliminating some with low nutrient value. Then we updated the complete Master Ingredient List and created links to the Master Cost Analysis so it will automatically calculate the cost of any 3-day menu block and every ingredient within that block so we can use it for shopping. Pictures below relate to this.
The core team also reviewed/checked the Cost Analysis spreadsheets for the Apiary, Transition Kitchen and Rabbits. We then started creating Step-by-Step instructions for setting up the Sheep and Goats barn. We wrote a section with a materials list and images for the pole barn and horizontal panel, and started working on instructions for the gate assembly. We also added links for the barn kit and to the video for using a pocket hole jig.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 13th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn continued to research and develop recipes for future menu blocks while waiting for the final review of all Fresh Week menu blocks. She also made corrections on menus based on suggestions and feedback. She was referred some recipe documents to review and use in menu blocks too. Marilyn added the useful recipes from there to her work draft and discarded the others. After approval, she went on to add recipes to Fresh Week A and is in the process of completing recipes for Fresh Week D. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yinka Omole (Recipe Reviewer and Data Entry Assistant) completed her 4th 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 updating the shopping list ingredients. Her focus was finding information for new items and trying to find the ingredients in bulk amounts. She also worked on the master recipe document and reviewed the ingredients for the different recipes for FWA to SWA. As part of this, Yinka also identified ingredients that were not on the shopping list. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for global 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. 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 15th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week he focused on structural idealization, analysis and design of beams, columns and foundations elements. Adolph started by reviewing technical specifications and provisions in the engineering codes of practice regarding the analysis and design of the above structural elements and other reference documents collected earlier. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is developing adaptable solutions for global 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 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.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 16th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu finished up #447, the field now can be input with any number except a negative one. If a negative number is added, it will change to positive. Also, Phu fixed the errors for saving those field to the database. Whenever an Admin updates any number, these numbers need to be saved somewhere before the admin hits the “Save Changes” button to send them to the database. This is so it does not have any delay/repetition when saving. He also fixed errors before merging #447. Yiyun suggested keeping only two decimals for those input fields, Phu has tried this before but it will break the logic. He also reviewed Ron’s PRs 477 and 476 and suggested some logic changes. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 15th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun updated the backend app to make the “hoursLogged” field of the tasks work. She connected Postman and the backend app for testing changes and created a PR for all the backend changes, which is under review now. She also helped the team do a couple PR reviews. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, this week Eiki reviewed weekly summaries. He also helped team members with working with postman. In terms of software development, this week Eiki made finishing touches on the task notification feature. He implemented the suggested changes by Yiyun and Jae. He also made bug fixes related to filtering tasks, the mark as read button on the task notification modal showing for tasks not from the logged in user, and multiple task notifications showing on the same modal. One pull request was successfully approved and another one is pending approval. In terms of planning and organization, Eiki also broke down feature requests into user stories on the management dashboard outline document, asked clarifying questions, and started planning for the next user story he was going to implement. He chose to implement the feature to make managers/mentors only able to make edit suggestions to tasks which owners/admins need to approve. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park (Graphic Designer, UX Designer) completed his 8th week helping create the social media images for these weekly progress update blogs. This week, Yongtae created 10 new images using open source images and master graphics. He didn’t need to revise previous images, since they did not have notable issues. His focus has been on improving legibility, playing with text spaces and sizes for different title sizes. Yongtae’s still figuring out a consistent system for making the texts more natural. Below you can see the images he created.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera redesigned the modal with information about a contributed task. That modal opens when you click on the task in the table of contributed tasks on the people report page. This modal was too big to fit on the screen, and it also looked bad. Now it looks modern and can scroll. Vera also finished redesigning the filters in the table of contributed tasks. She added a highlight to all the filters, calendar icons to the date filters, and default options to the select filters. She fixed a bug with the edges of badges being cut off too. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jason Kim (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jason worked on finishing up the red clock hour wrapping issue when there were too many digits present. He also helped to review and approve a PR and continued working on the timelog button feature. Jason was able to get the button set up and now will work on implementing the logic behind it. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yan completed the On-boarding process and set up her local environment. She then selected a task and created a design doc. The design doc included the project name and description, requirements, and her plans/methodology for completion. See pictures below for some of this work.
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