Applying the laws of nature, we have the ability to create radically sustainable living models that can address the greatest challenges of our generation. One Community is open sourcing and free sharing these living models with plans to make them easy enough, affordable enough, and to demonstrate them as attractive enough to become self-replicating.
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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 April 9th, 2023 edition (#524) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is applying the laws of nature 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 to finalize the aircrete tutorials with that team to set up what’s needed for the next team. The same team member also worked on creating a tutorial for our complete accountability and work review process, blog organization, and publishing.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 90th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey rounded out the balance of the existing comments on the Murphy bed instructions. We will need to give these a final look and review for any more updates needed. She re-saved numerous files and reorganized the assets within the Illustrator documents to correspond with their intended use. The wall section has now been saved in 4 separate files which correspond with their groupings. Stacey also made a graphic library for future reference. Although it’s not used in the instructions, it helps to organize the graphics and prevents symbols from being overused for different purposes. Screenshots below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 25th week with the team. This week, Julia reviewed and managed Amal’s progress on her Eco-laundry Dryers research. She went through her development Google Doc and read all of her work thus far, using the comments to leave feedback and clarifying questions. As she continued on this task throughout the week, Julia resolved and responded to comments as needed. She then relayed Amal’s updates on the washer capacity to Jae and considered the implications of her findings on One Community’s washer choice. Julia also checked on the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and resolved comments where her feedback had been integrated. Finally, Julia continued to work on the “Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village Water Collection and Septic Design EDITED CONTENT FOR WEB” Google Doc. She reviewed and edited content for the site, using the comments for clarifying questions. Julia also re-formatted tables on the corresponding Google Spreadsheet and updated screenshots and links on the Doc accordingly. See pictures below.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) completed her 14th week helping, now focused on Earth Dam Design & Construction for Water Retention, Pond & Lake Creation. This week Loza reviewed dam disaster risk mitigation from different literature. For dam disaster risk mitigation, numerous measures can be taken both to reduce the risk of dam failure and the effect of a dam failure. The measures can be taken by individuals, dam owners and dam operators, organizations, communities, relevant state and local agencies, or tribes. She added her findings to the tutorial and submitted them for review. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is applying the laws of nature 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 reviewing the latest Duplicable City Center SketchUp file for accuracy. We researched the requirements for ADA-compliant public bathrooms and redesigned the Social Dome women’s bathroom. We moved walls and columns to provide privacy in the bathroom and corrected the sizes of all the stalls. We also updated the layout of the men’s bathroom: aligned urinals, placed privacy separators, moved entry walls, and suggested a new position of the column. See below.
The core team also continued working with a new member of the team on what’s needed for the complete Duplicable City Center cabinetry. This week involved a total redesign of the stairs in order to incorporate improvements into the design and make all dimensions parametrically driven. This will allow changes to key variables such as run and raise to automatically resize all components in the stairs as well as their associated drawings. Other work involved creating 2D drawings of detailed components and developing a checklist of the progress of all the components in the stair design. See pics below.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 26th week helping with web design, now focused on the Duplicable City Center Engineering tutorial. The work included sections on What is a Duplicable City Center?, Why Create an Open Source Duplicable City Center?, references that included codes and regulations, standards, specifications & material specifications, definitions & nomenclatures, DCC conceptual design, and architectural design specifications for each of the floors and levels. The specifications contained a number of tables. Screenshots were used initially, but they will need to be replaced by images provided by the author. Several of these spanned more than one page where it was necessary to combine them using Photoshop. Once the correct images for these tables are provided, the screenshots will be replaced. These tables should also be linked to a source spreadsheet. Pictures below are related to this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 17th week working on the updated video for the Duplicable City Center internal and external walkthrough. At the beginning of this week, Ranran received Tatyana’s revised model and updated the parts she’d modified during the past few weeks to the new model, which includes entrance floor materials, wall surfaces of the dining hall, etc. Then she re-imported the model into Lumion. In the second half of the week, Ranran also focused on the production of the video and finished the video clips of the whole dining dome. During this process, she added figures to the Lumion model according to the previous video. She also added some fragments to the video. They are on the second floor of the Dining Dome. See below for some pictures of this work.
Julio E. Marin Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. This week, Julio finished designing the brackets for the hub connectors for the first row. An analysis will be performed to implement a new model. He is researching alternatives to replace the existing model and effectively withstand snow and wind loads. Once the analysis is done, the team will start working on implementing the new design into the final model for a final analysis. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer) completed her 5th week helping with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. For this week, Yiwei built the supporting structure for the dome connector and started to run the simulation model. She also finished trimming the beams to get rid of the overlaps. During the rest of this week, Yiwei met with Sangam to start helping on the aircrete project and worked on the flowchart to make a new version which will be more professional. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Amal Lazar (MS Mechanical Engineering) completed her 2nd week helping with the City Center Eco-laundry research. This week, Amal finished work on scanning for the best industrial dryers available in the market and summarized everything. Amal moved to the next step of her research by comparing gas dryers and electric dryers regarding three major aspects: energy and cost efficiency, environmental impact and sustainability. She chose the best option and started maximization and scalability analysis. This analysis consists of calculating energy and cost savings for one household and for bigger communities. Amal then interacted with her supervisors about the findings of the eco-laundry research, started recreating tables on the eco-laundry spreadsheet, and searched for additional emerging technologies for the laundry process. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is applying the laws of nature 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 to work on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We began by cleaning up the document, aligning the columns, and applying appropriate colors. We added the correct links and calculations for the columns for Ingredient Name, Quantity and Measurement Type. We also included additional columns to ensure that all measurements for every food item are included. Afterward, we proceeded to add the appropriate links and calculations for the other measurement columns. See below for pictures related to this.
Rebecca Miller (Chef) completed her 8th week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Rebecca continued to work on editing recipes with metric measurements and updated directions. She is making sure the instructions make sense for small or large batches and match the given ingredients. Each recipe includes instructions and alternative vegan options. Rebecca is verifying that these options are well-explained and make sense. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is applying the laws of nature 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 applying the laws of nature 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.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 49th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun finished her work on urgent bug 1 and raised a pair of PRs ready to be reviewed. She created a doc about the code cleanup steps and time estimations and discussed with all members who have unit testing experiences about continuing writing UTs. She also helped the team on Slack with problem solving, reviewing PRs, and maintaining the tutorials. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 35th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. For this week, Yan continued working on the code for the summary management page. She pushed PRs for both backend #308 and frontend #745. The frontend included 20 new files with different components and the backend consisted of 6 files. She has been finishing the creation of a summary group, deleting the summary group, editing the summary group, and making the summary group active or inactive. Yan also worked on the team member button and has finished the frontend of the team member, and will complete the CRUD for the team member in the next step. See pictures below for some of this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 21st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang focused on a new task (ready for review button) with Ayush. They had a discussion of how to solve the problem and made a new branch for them to work with. They listed a couple steps that need to be solved in this task. Ayush created a button on the frontend side. Kaixiang then finished the next step which is to make the button only visible to the person who was assigned the task. They will continue work on this next week. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) completed her 19th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jianjun managed to find out the cause and fix the bug found last week during the rewriting of the timelog component. She improved the render logic by using the hooks more carefully and completed the sub task 4. She also made some changes to the Leaderboard component to reach the goal in sub task 3. The whole optimization task is roughly finished now. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 17th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Johny worked on the bug from the Badge Component bug list “the badges I’ve earned.” Johny is having some difficulty making this work. This week Johny tried to understand all the pieces of coding that the function “checkXHrsForXWeeks ” that are related with the bug are working but hasn’t figured it out yet. Pictures below show some of this work.
Raul Effting (Jr. Front-End Web Developer) completed his 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Raul focused on developing the reports page. Now, the reports page is fetching selected teams’ data and displaying it on pie charts. Also, features like disabling inputs after selecting four teams and displaying different data depending on the user role were implemented. Raul spent a bunch of time trying to figure out how to get weekly tangible time from users and it was solved. However, he still needs to change the total ever worked hours by the weekly worked hours on charts. After that, the reports page will be done. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Filipe Santos de Oliveira (Full Stack Developer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. During this last week, Filipe made a strategic change in his development approach. Instead of working on the team members’ tasks box, he opted to focus on the tasks and timelog container. This shift in strategy was motivated by his realization that he was working out of order. Ideally, he should have started with the header, followed by the body, and finally the footer. As of now, he is already working on the body item, which is not in line with the presented page structure. Nonetheless, Filipe is making progress in styling the page to closely resemble the original presentation after loading it. In the upcoming week, he plans to fine-tune the measurements of the skeleton items to match those of the loaded items. Additionally, Filipe will be testing the load time function to streamline the process of displaying loaded items. His objective is to create a single item for all elements in the header, body, and footer and delay their display until a certain time when they are loaded. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Prabhjot Singh (Fullstack Software Engineer) also completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Prabh worked on adding different colors to tables and rows and fixed resource member initials that are not aligned in dots. He reviewed 8 PRs for final review too, with extra care. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Jinchao Feng (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jinchao first finished the backend development of applying missedHours for Core Team members. Then he enhanced the frontend components to correctly show the weekly committed time for Core Team members and allow Administrators to view and edit their missed hours. He finished all development and testing jobs and pushed his branches to remote. Now he is working on the instructions for PRs and is developing a smooth process for the review team to test these PRs. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Sav Costabile (Web Developer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This is the third week Sav has spent working on the badge bugs on the backend. He worked on two new bugs this week after pushing their new backend PRs up to GitHub early in the week. The first bug addressed problems with the “Lead a team of x users” badge which was being assigned to users when with no volunteer hours or projects. After a lot of debugging and testing they have determined they would need to meet with Jae or someone else to discuss the backend issues of the team data structure in relation to the bug. The second bug was focused on the “x hours streak for x weeks” badge bug where lower tier badges are not being. See below for related pictures.
Vitor Adriel (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. removed when higher tier badges are acquired. This week Vitor worked more on polishing the PRs from last week. On PR #719 there was a problem reported by the reviewers. Now when clicking either the “Status” or the “End Date” button there’s a timeout that loads the information of the user so we don’t need to click the “Save Changes” button. On PR #729, now there’s a regex to validate the name of the new role when creating it, not permitting characters that could break the URL. The behavior of the input has changed and if the character it’s not permitted to be on the input, then the input won’t update at all. On his only raised PR, the purpose of it was to align the header of the user profile page. The “Team Weekly Summaries” button wasn’t aligned with the rest of the components. Reviewed PRs: #731, #727, #734, #739, #744, #301. Raised PRs: #743. See some examples of this work in the pictures below.
Lucas Emanuel Souza Silva (Software Developer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Lucas finished his work on PR #746 and reviewed PR #737, which worked fine. This week Lucas will work on another functionality related to PR #746, which limits the view of users that are not Administrators, Owners nor Core Teams, so they won’t see all the platform’s information. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Angelina Truong (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Angelina continued her diagnosis into the bug that does not update the hours section in the task after clicking on the update button. To start she would create a task and assign it to a user. Then Angelina would navigate to the dashboard page and under the task tab she would find that task and click on it. Once she clicks on the task it will send her to another page that will allow her to click on the task and that would open up a window that would allow her to make the changes to any of the task sections. In this case she is solely focusing on the hours section and adding different values and pressing the update button which will trigger an onClick event while this is happening she is viewing the effects that take place. Angelina used console.log() on both the back end and the front end. After every change in the hours section she reviews the terminal and the console to make sure that the front end is capturing the new data and that the back end is receiving that data. This test requires a lot of patience as the bug does not appear often. After testing for many hours she was not able to reproduce the bug. The objective is to reproduce this bug and when it does appear, see what the terminal and console render. This will help us get closer to resolving the issue. Until then she will continue to test this task. See pics below.
Harlley Bastos (Full Stack Developer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Harlley had a busy week as he focused on debugging the timer. He encountered some issues while trying to debug the actual timer, which was not working properly. To resolve this, he decided to recreate the component of the form used to submit the time of volunteers. Despite the challenges he faced, Harlley remained determined to resolve the issue with the timer and made significant progress towards finding a solution. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Nicolle Coelho (Software Engineer) completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Nicolle noticed unexpected behavior in the application. Consequently, she posted the question in the coding-problems channel for assistance. She spoke with Raul, but the behavior persisted and she had to run the application from the beginning. Nicolle also worked on fixing the layout of the weekly summary component. She discovered that a span was being applied globally, which was causing the bug. In order to resolve this issue, she had to determine where the span was intended to be applied. During her search, while inspecting the UserProfile component, Nicolle found another bug that was related to the improper use of the span. The bug was added to the Bugs document. After resolving the bug in the weekly summary component, Nicolle planned to open a PR for it the following week. Additionally, she reviewed PRs 731 and 300 and approved both after reviewing the requests made in them. Furthermore, Nicolle requested some changes for PR 729 after finding a missing point. She then spoke with Victor, and after the last commit, the PR was approved. The pictures below relate to this work.
Anant Sharma (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Anant worked on a code clean-up initiative created by Yiyun in the bugs document. The cleanup is needed to ensure poor quality of code doesn’t affect the speed of execution. The code quality is already low. Moreover, logging things creates poor performance of the system and should only be used while debugging and never in production. This week he was working on refactoring and ensuring the code that should not be part of production is not there. He’s almost done with the task, which took some time because there were a few more requirements raised by Yiyunn yesterday. The PR will be raised soon. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
The Highest Good Network software PR Review team also worked to test all of the above PRs and find any bugs they could within those PRs and the software as a whole. This week’s active members of this team and how many weeks they’ve been with us are as follows: Anish Pandita (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week, Elisaudo Sousa De Jesus (MERN Stack Developer) completed his 1st week, Jailson Sanches (Software Developer) completed his 6th week, Natália Favaro Cavicchioli (Full-stack Developer) completed her 4th week, Tooba Jamal (Software Developer) completed her 1st week, and Yongjian Pan (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 2nd week. The collage below shows a compilation of the work from this team.
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