Open sourcing applied eco-knowledge is what One Community is all about. We are doing this for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. The plans we are developing will be used to construct teacher/demonstration hubs that will share and evolve these plans further and as a pathway to global sustainability.
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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 16th, 2022 edition (#499) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is open sourcing applied eco-knowledge 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team organized materials for the aircrete team. The week’s schedule, general preparation, pre-experimentation and preliminary order list for materials was identified, they had their weekly meeting, and details were clarified regarding the HGN-related communication. The same team member also addressed several comments in the city center hub connector final document, revised some statics equations, added verbiage, started putting together the DIY option details, and verified text.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 63rd week by wrapping up the research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs and continuing his review of the Net-zero Bathroom calculations completed by Diwei. He verified the final touches of the City Center Spa design narrative for the website and validated the Net-Zero Bathroom calculations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 30th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei wrote the narrative for the configuration of the various water tanks. The advantages and disadvantages of connecting tanks in series and in parallel were introduced. Two configurations of two and four tanks connected in parallel for the rooftop rainwater harvesting system were presented. Piping, valve, fitting, and valves were summarized. Different types of pressure tanks were also discussed. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 26th 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 the similar tasks as the last week: seeking merchants selling WTE facilities at Alibaba. Maybe because of the lengthy inquiry message, not so many responses have been received from merchants. An adjustment should be made on the wording to make sure the contact step can be initiated. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 6th week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy reinitiated the research on addressing non-recyclables (e-waste, construction materials, waxed cardboard, etc). She recreated the comparison table according to the template and looked for recycling plants for e-waste and construction waste. She also restructured the tutorials and removed irrelevant parts and references. She researched and wrote the e-waste section in the tutorial and researched recycling methods for construction materials. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 5th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip completed the spreadsheet of the door section and started organizing the windows section. He was also researching which door manufacturers are also manufacturing windows and came to the conclusion that the window manufacturers will probably be different from the door manufacturers. This, because those who do both, usually do not come out on top and therefore it seems companies who focus on doors or windows only are better choices. See below for some pictures of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher) joined One Community and completed their 1st week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week, the aircrete team set up the new mixer recommended by Aircrete Harry and created an excel sheet of materials on hand and an order list. The team looked into getting soft water and, out of the options available, decided to go with buying gallon jugs of distilled water. The team also worked on locating the air compressor and getting weekend access to the lab. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is open sourcing applied eco-knowledge 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 started creating the 3D SketchUp model for the City Center first floor dormer framing. We set up double level cripple studs, double sill plates for the window, king studs, trimmer studs, header, dormer corner post, dormer double rafter plates, and the dormer ridge and roof rafters. We also sized the window to 36’’ x 72’’. The same team member also worked on updates for the Aircrete Engineering and Research webpage. She resolved comments by fixing formatting of paragraphs, adding 2px borders to the images, and checked the HTML code to remove code for ‘font-weight: 400” formatting.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 51st week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus updated the interior design for room 12 and worked on detailing the new cupola roof. She exported the roof models from the SketchUp file to Revit for detailing, made a 3D model of the roofs on Revit, and requested the exact number of dimensions and height of the roofs in order to continue working on the detailing. See pictures below.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 47th week, now focused mostly on the Duplicable City Center “Updated City Center Project Specification and Design Basis” report. This week Daniela finished fixing all of the bullet points that were numbered incorrectly based on what she had noted previously. At times the formatting of the bullet points on the doc created other issues. After completing this, Daniela started working on the List of Tables. She went through the report multiple times and labeled all of the tables and bookmarked them. After going through and including the tables she had previously missed, Daniela linked the bookmarks to the top of the report where the List of Tables is. She plans on going back and creating titles for all tables she found without one. Daniela then moved on to labeling the Figures in the report with the correct format. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 16th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Jessica did research for ideas of an abstract sunrise for the dome wall that could match with the colors and geometry proposed for the room. Then she created a couple options and tested on a 3D model. She also research ideas for texturized wallpapers and panels for the dome wall. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 16th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela finished her work on her first room, the Fairy Garden themed one. She sent all her files for final review and started her second room with the theme “Red Carpet/Oscar”. She did research and started with two options for the layout, working on the 3D. Pictures below are related to this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 6th week working on the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page. Charles continued working on the Duplicable City Center Natural Pool and Spa page and completed migrating content from the Google Doc to the web page. He then started working on the Table of Contents and will continue next week. Charles also addressed reviewer comments on his previous page, the City Center Hub Connector page. See below for some pictures of this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Personal Assistant to Jae) completed her 7th week. This week, Julia began with finishing off her reviewing of the Feedback PDF for the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and added, addressed, and resolved comments. She also continued to check this Webpage against the Website Review Checklist. Julia then reviewed and edited the content of the “Flexible Pavement Design” section on the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial” Google Doc. She added comments with questions, clarifications and more complex suggested edits as needed. When she completed this task, Julia moved on to begin work on the “BEST DOORS” tab of the “Sustainable Window and Door Research” Spreadsheet. She went through this sheet and resolved comments of suggested fixes that had been correctly addressed and also added comments with her own suggestions for improved formatting. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is open sourcing applied eco-knowledge 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 continued to look for ways to reduce salt content, highlighted finished and approved recipes in green, and differentiated Tbsp and tsp throughout the now 400+ page document.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 25th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started by correcting recipes based on comments, suggestions and new developments to the menu blocks, which included adjusting recipes or finding replacements for others. After finding that most sardine recipes she created used fresh sardines, she researched canned sardine recipes for future menus. After concluding on adjustments, Marilyn continued to add recipes to the Second Week menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is open sourcing applied eco-knowledge 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 open sourcing applied eco-knowledge 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 22 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also completed about 7 more hours of reviewing, giving feedback, and creating and providing voiceover audio, imagery and video for the new overview video (and other videos) Arthur is developing. The pictures below show some of this work.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 27th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into supporting others on Slack. She helped with a problem where new members cannot login or create accounts, figuring out the problem and created a PR to resolve it. She also started looking into Eiki’s remaining PR. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 16th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Vera worked on fixing a bug where project names are not always displayed in the pie charts on the people report page. She wrote a solution, but didn’t get a chance to test it because the application started crashing with a database error. This error is not related to the solution and it crashes even on the development branch. So now Vera is trying to find the cause of this error. She also spent time investigating a bug related to displaying tangible time by categories on people’s profile page. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan pushed her PR for adding the email reminder for the final Day. This PR enables the app to send an email from our gmail to our Admin’s gmail after the last day they set passes. She also fixed the timezone problem for the final day. In the past, the endDate was converted to UTC timezone in the backend, but now it’s changed to use local time (where a person’s machine is located). See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 11th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur worked on finalizing the all 5 main videos and the Highest good videos. He exported the final versions of the 5 main videos, delivered three versions of the Main-Page video, and almost finished the Highest Good education video. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kaung continued working with the bug for the Tasks and Timelogs component. With Jae’s help, Kaung was able to spot that he forgot a simple calculation from his last PR. He worked on the simple change and was able to fix the problem. He also made sure that the “Week before last” component is working. Then he published the PR and the new changes were pushed to the “development” branch as well as the beta app. Kaung also reviewed and approved Yiyun’s PR which is a fix on his previous component to make sure that the current user is shown above if there are tasks assigned. Kaung also wrote a function to change the default tab on Tasks and Timelogs based on the current user’s role in the app. See pictures below for some of this work.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Bruce confirmed from Yiyun that using a web crawler to get all the images from the website is a feasible way and the right direction to go. He took some time to learn how to build this web crawler. In addition, Bruce found out that to get the user’s names, regular expression is needed and he will dive deeper. Pictures below relate to this work.
Hani Khellafi (Software Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Hani recloned and set up his HGN rest and HGN react App to fix the task board issue. He also worked on fixing the “Mark as read button dismisses the red bell sign only” and the “log/edit/delete timeEntry actions need refreshing the page.” During the process of fixing these bugs, he encountered the same issue regarding the missing current week timeEntries on his local App. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kevin got the frontend and backend fully setup, created some test accounts, ran into crash issues with non-admin accounts without projects, and reported the crash to Slack. He then looked into the HGN github to understand more about how the PR reviews work in this system, signed up for two bugs on the ‘HGN Phase I Bugs and Needed Functionalities’ page, and began working on the badge deletion issues. Kevin primarily focused on these issues this week while learning the frontend system. Kevin is pretty certain he’s narrowed down the issue to a couple of possibilities because the data is actually getting deleted, so it’s most likely an issue with stale data that the UI is using. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Front End Developer) joined the team too and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Guilherme set up the React App locally and also the APNRest to do some tests. He also installed redis, nvm (node version manager), and read some documentation about the project. He learned about the HGN Permissions System and cloned the previous designer’s branch ‘Miguel-PermissionsDashboard’. After this, Guilherme created a modal with a form that, when the submit button is clicked, returns an object with an array of the permissions selected and the name of the role. This functionally is working just in the Front-end but still needs to connect with the back-end, to create the reducers/actions. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Aashish went through the orientation and initial setup processes, documentation, and reviewed the front and backend codes to get a proper picture of the overall structure or architecture of the web app. He then began working on bugs with the badges system, focusing first on bugs related to the badge counts. Pictures below relate to this work.
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