Biohacking our future is possible with open source sustainability components. We can create a sustainable world, a world that meets the needs of all people and life. One Community is doing our part to support this with open source and free-shared tools, tutorials, and DIY sustainability resources covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and 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 February 16th, 2020 edition (#360) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is biohacking our future 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 with what we hope will be the 2nd-to-final review of the Murphy bed instructions. This week’s focus was redesigning the bed box to make it fit better with the swivel, and review and updates to the outlet switches, and related wall parts. You can see some of this work in progress below.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completing his 17th week with the team began working on the Best Small and Large-scale Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options tutorial. This week Oluyomi researched methods on recycling glass and came across 2 processes: melting the glass onto a mold using a kiln and pulverizing the glass using a glass crushing machine. Both processes will cost roughly the same amount of money however the pulverizing method is less complex and the produced glass has much more potential uses & the process has a smaller carbon footprint. See below for some of this behind-the-scenes work in progress.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter), also joined the team working on the Earthbag Village and completed week 14 as a volunteer designer with our team. This week he started creating the video walkthrough of the Communal Eco-shower. You can see some of the initial screenshots of this work here.
One Community is biohacking our future 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 Yuqiao Zhang (Architectural Designer/Drafter) continued work on the City Center Water Rainwater Catchment Design open source hub. This week we completed the sections on Rainwater Systems Design and Yuqiao updated some of the calculations so we can finish the Annual Water Harvesting Estimations section. You can see some of this work below and we’d say we’re about 80% complete with updating the site with all of the newest design details.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also joined the team and completed her 1st week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week Radhieka started research on sustainable flooring. She researched and gathered resources on various types of sustainable flooring and wrote the introduction: ‘Why assess flooring’. Based on her research, she found 5 flooring companies which offer sustainable options and gathered informal notes covering the companies, key features, pros and cons. She finalized this information for one company and is working on structuring for the rest. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is biohacking our future 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 Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 12th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week he located the potential ponds and water stream locations and identified coordinates, sited these on the new property topo, estimated the storage capacity for the potential storage pond, updated the water storage spreadsheet to include the existing water pond, and 3D modeled the whole property topography to scale utilizing satellite images, elevation maps, and GIS data to create accurate elevation contours. You can see some of this work work-in-progress here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 88% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 11th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on a 2D transient simulation of the aquapini and walipinis to account for the daily air temperature and solar heat variations for a greenhouse in West Jordan Utah. The effect of insulation to create an effective thermal mass for the soil under the farm was investigated. Results for January (coldest month of the year) and July (hottest month of the year) were created using the underground insulation and the extended ground geometry. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
One Community is biohacking our future 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:
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter), also as part of week 14 as a member of the team, completed development of the Ultimate Classroom walkthrough video by adding a few more outdoor elements and additional objects to the entryways. You can see some screenshots below of these new additions and this brings this video to 99% complete. All the remains now is for the Core Team to edit it, add music, and add it to the website.
One Community is biohacking our future 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 the David Holmgren Quotes webpage. This page shares several pages of quotes we extracted from one of his video interviews and several others found on other quote websites.
The core team also redesigned the One Community Pioneer Member Invitation page based on feedback we got from an applicant. Changes include a clearer introduction and transferring the application part of it to a new Google Doc format. You can see some of this below.
Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao started to work on the Timelog Page. The Timelog page of the React version was almost empty. He first tested the time entry APIs and created some Redux actions and reducers for fetching and submitting time entry data. He also created a form for submitting the time entry, which will be changed to a modal working with the timer in the future. You can see some of the results of this work below.
Henry Ng (React Developer) also completed his 6th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry worked on the member page that lists all the members of a project. In the project, the administrator can now assign and remove members, search for a member by first name or last name, and click to view the member profile. You can see screenshots related to this work below.
Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) completed his 5th week as a member of the volunteer team also working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Siddharth worked on the Leaderboard page for the react app and on Add Project and Delete Project feature on the mobile app. He also studied the documentation for the react-navigation library’s new APIs. You can see some of this work here.
And last but not least, Simon Xiong (Programmer) completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Simon researched how to use Enzyme with Jest for unit testing. Both of these testing framework and library go well with one another because they are specifically designed to test React components. More specifically, components can be isolated for unit testing. Updates to the HGN Unit Testing Best Practice file includes defining Enzyme and providing a tutorial (along with live test link) for testing a component with Jest and Enzyme. You can see some of this work below.
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