We can create better living through ecological living. Ecological living that includes sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices can reduce our living expenses, increase our free time, reduce transportation costs and time, and provide a broader diversity of social and recreational activities for ourselves and others. One Community is creating and open sourcing and free-sharing the necessary plans to build teacher/demonstration hubs that will demonstrate, share, and evolve all these areas and many 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 December 29th, 2019 edition (#353) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is demonstrating better living through ecological 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 Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 10th week with the team. This week Oluyomi began the trompe implementation research. His focus was on the history & uses of trompes, the process of air compression in the system, and the design details of the system. Initial outlining of the research needed for the the construction details, cost analysis, and how well it can work with a ram pump was also started.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #174 of Dean’s work and the focus was adding the window that looks out onto the new rooftop-patio stairway access. You can see some of this ongoing work here.
One Community is demonstrating better living through ecological 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 the core team working with Ron Huang (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 33rd week developing and refining the Energy Modeling tutorial needed to achieve our LEED Platinum certification. This consisted of several rounds of revisions and collaborative updates to the content and new imagery and details for the space definition section. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings completion of the City Center energy analysis component to 93% complete.
One Community is demonstrating better living through ecological 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 working on our behind-the-scenes chicken Google Doc. We summarized the time frames from two of the most comprehensive chicken-raising videos we could find (Beginners Guide To Raising Backyard Chickens, and How to Design a Chicken Coop). They cover everything from selection, to raising them, shelter, feed, cleaning, care, etc. You can see some of this work here.
The core team also continued creating the chicken coop step-by-step building instruction on our behind-the-scenes Google Doc. This week we worked on the wall assembly instructions and tested two different design strategies. You can see some of this work here and we’d say we’re about 85% done.
The core team also continued developing the open source permaculture design and DIY Dam Design and Construction content. This week we did the final organization, editing and formatting of the information from Lawton’s videos for the Dam Design case study section. We also began work on Step 2 of the Permaculture Case Study section, “Assess Site Through Observation And Research.” You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) also continued with his 6th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week Mohammad finished all 6 botanical gardens interior and exterior elements, adjusted the level of the central pond, adjusted the level of the cool air pipes to be higher than 1m, and rerouted the cool air pipes to run outside the structure. Minimum cool air elevation difference is now 3’ 4” (which is higher than 1m), central pond total depth is 10’, and the effective central pond depth is 6’ 8”. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 70% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) also continued with his 4th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on typical Re number of the flow inside the pipes of the climate battery to determine the range and usual flow types and considering change of properties of air due to temperature change during different seasons. He also started preparing the first simple model for CFD analysis of climate batteries. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is demonstrating better living through ecological 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. 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 61st week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued revisions and additions to the indigo room representing “Social Sciences.” What you see here are his third round of revisions and additions to this room.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued with week 7 as a member of the team and now working on the the Ultimate Classroom. This week Ziqian completed the new roof structure and columns designs. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is demonstrating better living through ecological 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 created 9 more volunteer ads and brought on 2 new volunteers to restart work on the Highest Good Network software.
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