One Community is advancing sustainable living through open source and free-shared tools and tutorials covering all aspects of eco-living and eco-community construction. They are designed to build teacher/demonstration hubs that will create even more.
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
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 10th, 2022 edition (#485) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is advancing sustainable 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 generated updated rendering image for the latest Murphy bed Assembly Instructions. We used the Twilight rendering tool in the SketchUp application to render images for a section cut of the dome with the table/benches in the down position, updated textures of the table and benches to wood, placed boxes in the loft, moved items on shelves and nightstands, and changed shadow settings to latest time to avoid sunshine inside the dome.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #251 of Dean’s work and he produced 2 more test renders for the bathroom ares of the bathroom/kitchen dome.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 35th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week, Daniela primarily worked on comparing the live document and the website version of the Roadways, Walkways, Parking Lot, and Gutters report. Throughout this process, Daniela made comments when she saw that the versions did not match one another. She made sure that everything was color coded properly on the live document so that it was easier for other editors to know what needs to be updated. Daniela also made edits to the roadway excel sheet and added new images and narrative to the roadways report regarding the initial and maintenance costs. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 16th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei found that a reinforced concrete water tank (RCC) could be an alternative solution for stormwater storage. The cost of constructing a reinforced concrete water tank is slightly less than using the Atlantis Flo-tank. Materials for constructing an RCC water tank are easily accessible worldwide. An overflow piping connecting the rooftop rainwater tank to the stormwater tank was designed with an air gap to prevent backflow. The size of a septic tank was also calculated based on the demands of toilet flushing, faucet use, and showering of 100 occupants. A 3,800 gallons septic tank is needed for a 1.5-day retention period, sludge removal per year, and an estimated 8 gallons of sludge accumulation per person per year. The design of drainage of the Earthbag Village for stormwater harvesting still needs more investigation. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 14th 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 looked for examples of biomass gasification. Most of his time was spent on Energypedia and links, and reading papers on it. Examples of small scale biomass gasification were reviewed one by one. However, all of them are not applicable to our situation for three major reasons: feedstocks are too specific; products are more likely diesels or primary energy sources in developing countries (rather than electricity that can be made alternatively), and lacking key information (citation and valid links, costs analysis, which community utilized that system). Next week, Ming will search for a solution in a different way, by searching by feedstock type instead of system type. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 12th week of work. This week, Dave carefully reviewed the rest of the sources for the Roadway and Parking Lot Tables and Charts but needed more information on the application of it to One Community in order to proceed. He got that clarity on a call with his manager and will complete double checking the details this week. Below are pics of some of the content he reviewed.
Kivia Sugiarto (Sustainability Research Manager) completed her 6th 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 main Google doc. She proofread the doc and will continue to do so, looking out for unclear content, spelling/grammar mistakes, and synthesizing duplicate information. For this week, she worked on the first several pages on the introduction of various WTE technologies. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is advancing sustainable 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 52nd week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis’ efforts surrounded some detail adjustments to the presentation of the 3D models and providing consistency through the narrative. Aside from this, he expanded the detail within the foundation section and updated images to align with the analysis. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 41st week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus worked on elevations. She updated the North elevation according to the SketchUp model and changed the position of some columns and furniture to match the new plans. She also corrected sections C’C’ according to her supervisor’s feedback. See pictures below.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 8th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue continued the development by updating the Cost analysis, AutoCAD, and SketchUp model of Room 1, “Forest Immersion”. She also continued with the design of Room 8, “Nautical Room”. Yujue researched the structure of a large wooden ship and extracted elements from it to simulate the room like a ship’s cabin room. See below for pictures related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 5th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. Gabriela made many changes to room 12 (the fairy garden themed room), changed the layout many times, solved the problem with the table and chairs that weren’t fitting right in the room, and started working on the bathroom for this same room (adding the basic floor and wall finishes and fixtures). She also updated the Cost Analysis table with new items. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 4th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Jessica completed multiple rounds of updates to finish the bathroom for the beach themed “Oasis” room. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is advancing sustainable 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 and responded to replies to all previous comments, suggested further additions through page 15 of the Fresh Week A menus, then completed reviews and comments of the FWD menu, and began the FDE menus regarding food substitutions. We also completed comparisons of similar products such as agave and maple syrup and addressed terminology for additions such as “smashed/avocado/spread”.
The core team also continued working on updates for the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We checked dimensions of the east/west sides of the nesting boxes, floor supports and floors for second and third levels, nesting boxes door framing, nesting boxes dividers, doors framing, roof for the nesting box, doors for all nesting boxes, hinge latches and handles, lip boards and landing perches. And we added a windows and fans installation section.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 12th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn created recipes and recipe summaries for Fresh Week F, Fresh Week G and Fresh Week H. She researched more vegan recipes to be able to easily add omnivore proteins to substitute for the vegan meals. She also took time to respond to feedback and suggestions for the created menu blocks. She also began searching for recipes for second week menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yinka Omole (Recipe Reviewer and Data Entry Assistant) completed her 3rd 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 top half of the shopping list. She found prices, costs per unit and ingredient sizes. She also started working on the new ingredients added to the list and updated some of the ingredients with items from nut.com that are on the shopping list and can be purchased in bulk. Yinka additionally corrected the errors with the conversions calculator and added information about the lunch and dinner bar to the master recipe and 3 day menu document. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is advancing sustainable 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 advancing sustainable 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 20 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 15th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Phu worked on the Tangible Hours Category. He made some changes and pushed to PR 447. However, Yiyun reviewed the PR really well and pointed out three main points that need to be fixed. Phu took that and changed the logic, however, the problem was more complicated since it was not able to keep the changes after refreshing the page. He will continue working on this. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time on helping other team members, including PR reviews, Github reverting a PR problem, and debugging an unrelated task on the Main. Additionally, she updated her PR per Jae’s suggestion on filtering tasks and projects for time entries. These PRs have already been approved and merged. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 9th 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, mongodb, and the backend. In terms of software development, he continued to work on the task notification feature. On the frontend, Eiki implemented the “mark as notification as read” feature as well as suggested changes to design and functionality of the task differences modal. He then merged the development branch and cleaned up the PR. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park (Graphic Designer, UX Designer) completed his 7th week helping create the social media images for these weekly progress update blogs. This week, Yongtae created 10 new images using assets from Pixabay, Unsplash and Pexels, as well as some of the master graphics provided. He also revised some of the previous images as well as the one image from last week. For the new images, Yongtae paid attention to scaling down images for 1197×627 scale instead of cropping them down. Below you can see the images he created.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera was working with the People Reports page. She redesigned the header and replaced it with several separate blocks. Also, she started to redesign the table of contributed tasks. Vera moved the filters (by a task name, start date etc.) outside the table, so now they display over the table. Also, she upgraded the display of these filters. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jason Kim (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jason worked on trying to get the progress bar implementation re-merged again. In addition, he worked on reviewing a few PR’s from Yiyun. Jason is now working on fixing the last remaining issues related to UI design from suggestions given from the prior week. Left alignment of tasks is complete and committed to GH. He is still working on the clock wrapping and testing. See pictures below for some of this work.
AND WE PRODUCED THIS WEEKLY UPDATES BLOG – CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE