One Community has developed an open source sustainability model capable of creating global sustainability within our lifetime. When the designs are complete, we’ll use them to launch a global network of teacher/demonstration hubs designed to help people replicate sustainable environments integrating ecological and “Highest Good” approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Doing this so they are modular and easy enough, affordable enough, and attractive enough to spread on their own is how we will accomplish our global sustainability goal.
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 12th, 2020 edition (#381) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing an open source sustainability model 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 continued our detail review of work and research completed to date on hydropower for the open source Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance page. The focus this week was reviewing several documents in support of the hydropower topic. You can see some pictures of this research below.
The core team also began final formatting, editing, and development of the Open Source Sustainable Parking Lot guide. This week we fixed HTML code issues accidentally transferred from the Google Doc into the entire page and then finalized the content and imagery for the introduction, table of contents, What, Why, and first section of the Details. We’d say this page is now 90% complete.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #193 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was adjusting textures for trees and plants and adding a fire pit and sitting area. You can see some of this work below.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 8th week as a member of the team. This week, Angela finished her plastic recycling business tutorial and is now awaiting Core Team review of her work. Angela also narrowed down the best lightbulb brands down to 6 and is now researching their sustainability practices. She also started to compile a list of the most sustainable products from each of these brands. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) continued with her 10th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini continued to work on the Construction of Footer Foundation and Floor page for 3-dome and 6-dome clusters by conducting research on excavation and trenching and safety aspects as per OSHA and The Associated General Contractors of America. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Pallavi Samaiya (Business Technology Analyst) also continued with her 4th week researching how to sustainably manage and process non-recyclable waste. This week Pallavi researched on Plasma Gasification process, Plasco WTE system, Precious Plastic machines for shredding and recycling, and Dendro Liquid Energy. You can see some of the pictures of the research below and we’d say this brings this tutorial to about 20% complete.
One Community is developing an open source sustainability model 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 continued our detailed review of the Duplicable City Center energy analysis needed for LEED Platinum certification and completion of the City Center open source HVAC design tutorial. This week we applied construction sets and schedule sets to the various spaces, added an economizer to the HVAC system, adjusted the coefficient of performance (COP) for the DX Coil Heating based on data in the document, adjusted thermal efficiency for the electric boiler based on data in the document, and adjusted the layout of Mini Split A and B, with corresponding COP. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
And the core team continued working on the Duplicable City Center structural engineering details. This week we continued working on the SAP model to incorporate all the three levels in a single SAP file to create an integrated structural model for analysis. The combining process is currently at ⅔ of the overall, where the fourth level isn’t combined with the other two yet. Another task started was the code (ASCE7-16) guidance of the seismic analysis. We researched the parameters needed for preliminary analysis and plan to calculate related values next week. You can see some of this work below.
This week Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) completed her 18th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week Radhieka edited the structure of the ‘types of flooring descriptions’ by converting the paragraph form into description, key features, and pros/cons. We’d say this brings this tutorial to 98% complete.
And Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major Researcher) completed his 5th week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian continued to fill out the window information chart. His primary focus was on glazing options and energy star ratings. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is developing an open source sustainability model 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 also continued researching rabbits. This week’s focus was more work on final formatting and additions covering info on harvesting and lack of inspections. You can see some of this work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 95% complete with this research.
The core team also continued working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week’s focus was finishing the steps for the siding of chicken door side wall (East), framing the chicken door and getting details for sliding door installation, and starting the siding instructions for the Nesting Box wall (South). You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of The Roots of Medicine) continued with their 4th week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week they created recipes for Chai Muffins, Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy, Mushroom & Onion Oat Loaf, Hummus Stuffed Mushrooms, and Hummus Potatoes, all for the vegan recipe pages, as you see here.
One Community is developing an open source sustainability model 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 Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) completed her 12th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao searched on the fire resisting construction of the straw bale walls and the wood structure. Per the 1-hour fire rating requirement, Zebao updated the structure plan by increasing the exposed wood elements dimensions. According to the building code and ASTM E119, the flat straw bale stack without metal mesh will provide enough fire resistance of 1 hour. In addition, Zebao added more construction details indicating the section details of ceiling, roof, and overhead construction. With the continuous thermal insulation surrounding the whole building, the building will have better energy performance and will save on maintenance costs in the long term. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 70% complete.
Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) also completed her 3rd week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu used AutoCAD and Photoshop to create the updated and further developed colored plans and diagrams shown below.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 2nd week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Shuwei updated the plant selection research based on the project location, discussed the concept plan and programs location with Xiaolu, and updated the SketchUp model.
One Community is developing an open source sustainability model 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 Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 23rd week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry fixed problems from last week. Now the commas will be back after we changed them in CVS files, the orders and task’s ID are working properly, a popup will display for users to see how to import tasks from the CVS, a bug was fixed to remove double quotation marks when adding tasks, he made the software default to Status “Not Started”, removed the need to input a date when adding new tasks, and other minor bug fixes. There are problems with update functions and performance that still need to be fixed next week. You can see some of this work below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 16th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Alvaro worked on “Using Prettier and ESLint to produce better code” documentation for the HGN development team, mainly understanding the difference between prettier and ESlint, if they should work together, and how to configure them. He also started talking with Yiqi to coordinate her work in continuing Tengxiao;s work on the timer features. You can see some screenshots of Alvaro’s behind-the-scenes work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 12th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software too. This week Wen’s major progress is that the front end talks to the back end – a milestone. Front end fetches data from the badge collection in the database. “Real” badges can be displayed. Some bugs at the back end were also fixed. You can see some screenshots of Wen’s work-in-progress below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 12th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week he continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to educators, engineers and various supporters of The Venus Project. He finished his promotion to educators and began promotion to media outlets. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and screenshots of the overview and press release he is sharing.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the remaining changes and actions in the “User Management” list page. The paused filter has been added in the search filter so that the admin can filter the paused users only. The corresponding changes have been done in the REST Api as well. An action was also been given to the status column so that clicking on the status icon will ask for a confirmation and change the status of the user. You can see some of this work below.
Adam Capdeville (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. Adam started week five by continuing to work on bugs and web app aesthetics dealing with module 1.4, the user profile. Adam fixed the privacy settings feature for email, phone number and blue squares. Adam also disabled the ability for users to add resource links, and only allowed social media links to be added and deleted. Admins currently have the ability to add and delete resource & social media links. Adam created a custom modal that allows admins to file blue squares manually (blue squares are infringements done by users). The modal contains two fields, one for the date the infringement was made, and the second, a summary of the infringement. Currently access to add blue squares are allowed by all roles, next week, Adam will work to make blue squares limited to admins, and other users will only be able to see blue squares. You can see some of Adam’s behind-the-scenes work below.
And Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) joined the Highest Good Network software team and completed her 1st week. This week Yiqi read the project instruction and got familiar with HGN tools. She also set up her local development environment (Node.js, ESLint, Prettier, etc) and discussed with Tengxiao and Alvaro how to take over development of the timer functionality.
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