A working and DIY blueprint for an open source sustainable planet is a path to achieving one sooner. One Community is creating one to begin a global collaborative of teacher/demonstration hubs working together to further develop, evolve, and diversify the blueprint and implementation process.
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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 13th, 2022 edition (#464) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing a blueprint for an open source sustainable planet 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:
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #240 of Dean’s work and he is now working on the actual renders. The picture below shows the newest perspective.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 63rd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey worked on touching up the lumber cutting pages for the main wall pages. She is also going back and adding the lengths and cutting placements to all pages and also updating pages as needed to make all text larger, and increasing sizes of icons. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 32nd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping, Earthbag Village, and the final Aquapini & Walipini website updates. Daniela started off the week by reading through new comments and feedback. Tugce suggested a change for the cost analysis excel sheet and provided an article to review. Daniela collected resources that would help Tugce visualize current projects and continued to read through the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters and Parking Lot report, noting all needed edits. Lastly, Daniela reviewed and responded to more comments in the Aquapini and Walipini report, as well as editing the narrative and creating a new table. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 81st week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began updating the rain barrel support structure of the Net-Zero Bathroom to a more cost effective design. He began by replacing the unistrut channel spring nuts with a standard washer and nut to reduce costs. The price of both the washers and nuts were searched online, being sure to put emphasis on them being hot dipped galvanized for increased durability in a humid environment. With that in place, he began analyzing the connections necessary to build the structure. He first tried common single 90 degree angle brackets, but found the lack of clearance for adjacent brackets to be installed. To solve this problem, a wing shape fitting was used to support two adjacent unistrut channels simultaneously. After installing them with proper bolts, washers, and nuts, Jose Luis began designing a concept of the support base for the rain barrel. To confirm the reliability of the orientation, he will conduct a static analysis of the unistrut channel beams supporting the barrel. The pictures below show some of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 20th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team had several meetings, received a new foam generator and, after doing a foam test between the new generator and the old generator, determined the newer generator results in a slight improvement for 7th Generation Soap foam. The team decided that 7th Generation still did not perform as well as the Drexel foam and, moving forward, Drexel will be used to make the aircrete. They also tested finding the aircrete foam limit and determined that 85% foam is the highest foam limit that produces aircrete that keeps its integrity. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 12th week helping with web design, this week focusing on the Tools and Equipment page. This week Yuran checked all of the links from her supervisor that had equipment and/or tools to be added, then adding any that were missing to the Tools and Equipment page. She also fixed a broken table on that page and updated the Footer, Foundation and Flooring page with content from the Google Doc and anchor links from the Tools Page. Yuran checked the spreadsheet, images, and the format of the page too. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is developing a blueprint for an open source sustainable planet 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 reviewed Raj’s writeup on the science behind a geodesic dome by providing feedback and editing the document, met with the Duplicable City Center Hub Connector team to discuss the center rod idea, and re-assigned Frank work on double checking the City Center energy estimates. The same team member had a weekly meeting with the Compression Testing Team and put together a new plan, and also continued to edit and merge the Walipini, Aquapini, and Zenapini website and document.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 37th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis continued working on the documentation of the City Center Spa Area. He is working on converting existing documents into a presentable format for the website. The primary focus for this week was incorporating another section for spa related items. The previous assumption was that the pool and spa would function on the same hardware, but with Luis’s research, it would be beneficial to have slightly different equipment that accomplishes the same task with a smaller volume target. Luis also met with Hyun-Young this week to further the heat transfer analysis simulations. Lastly, he is working on developing the energy budget with the existing data and will look to transition to work more with the energy team in the near future. Pictures below are related to this work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 32nd week helping, now focused on content related to the Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank worked on checking the different equipment and items that are used in the energy balance sheet for the City Center. He read through equipment specifications and compared the energy needs to the information given in the excel sheet. Finally, he made changes to the energy balance. The pictures below relate to this.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 29th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus worked on section G_G. She added walls, columns and furniture according to the new plans. See pictures below.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 21st week working on Duplicable City Center updates, now focused on the City Center Lighting updates. This week she updated the dormer in the AutoCAD file according to the diameter measured in the SketchUp model and detailed the wall section of the Dome and exported a SketchUp file with dome and ground floor only. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 19th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she focused on fixing the size of the entrance doors on the first floor, modifying the living dome shell according to the central walls, pushing the roof of the Living Dome to align with the height of the third floor, adding the floor slabs for the third and fourth floors, and modeling the rooms on third and fourth floors. Pictures of some of this work are below.
George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 17th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. George researched the design criteria for a geodesic dome. He collected materials on the analysis models and factors that go into design calculations and load calculations. He also discussed with team members how to calculate maximum loads and how to implement the center hub design with prestress using a metal tube at the center. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 17th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi continued to work on the Social Dome second floor updates. These included tapering the slab and openings, railings, furniture, and exterior walls. The railing was found to have non-matching materials with the selected interior design. Furniture on the second floor needs to have further edits to improve the space layout too. Doors opening up to the atrium needed to be relocated inward to adjust for the concave clearance of the dome shape. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj fixed errors in his Solidworks assembly from last week by changing how the beams will be mated with each other. He also ran FEA to see whether the V bracket would still be effective if the beams were angled. He also experimented with different lengths of the bracket in the study. Pictures below are related to this work.
Prathik Nirmal Jain (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 4th week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. This week Prathik conducted research on the different loads acting on the hubs of the dome. He also calculated the loads that would act on each hub due to the self-weight and also calculated the wind load acting on the hub in the direction of the wind, while considering all the safety factors for a good hub design. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
One Community is developing a blueprint for an open source sustainable planet 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 finished updating the 3D SketchUp model of the Sheep barn. We updated all labels, added one big barn door, and redesigned the separation fence using cattle panels. We also updated the Cost Analysis Spreadsheet and provided DIY reference links for the feeder and lambing pens.
And the core team worked on researching swale plantings of trees, shrubs, grasses, forbs, pollinators, and bioaccumulators as it relates to whatever property we select and our current Permaculture Design tutorial. These will be further updated as we solidify our location and know for sure our climate, topography, hardiness zones, etc.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 71st week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng worked on finishing up the Aquapini and Walipini project. She edited the sun and shadow study videos to show the time of sunrise and sunset. She also organized all the files she has been working on and uploaded them to a shared folder for the other team members. Pictures below are related to this.
Anna Cheal (Culinary Nutritionist) also completed her 9th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Anna completed 2 recipes: Simple Chickpea Salad and Pumpkin Chili. Both of these recipes are ready to be reviewed. Anna then started the process of creating her own 2-week menu, as assigned by Brian. This is being completed on her excel sheet by arranging her recipes and coming up with new ones. The pictures below relate to this work.
Maya Callahan (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 5th week helping with research and web design, now focused on final review and edits to the DIY Permaculture Design staging page. This week she backed up any additional external sources (that had not been backed up yet) to a Dropbox folder and checked that hyperlinks opened in the proper tab and had the appropriate hover text as she read through everything. She backtracked to a previously edited section (Sun Sector Example) to correct proper noun capitalization that had been missed. Finally, Maya corrected simple spelling and grammar errors and commented on the Permaculture Page Content and Research Google document for clarifications and recommendations on content that needs additional editing and rephrasing. She also resolved comments as edits were made, and had Grammarly checking the page for errors she may have overlooked as an additional measure. The pictures below are related to this work.
Adam Weiss (Chef) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. Adam spent the week exploring files and work that has already been done and generally getting orientated. Adam and Brian also had a Zoom meeting during the week to discuss tasks and priorities so Adam has a better idea of where to plug in and create value. The photos below relate to this work and show screenshots of web pages that have a recipe cost calculator and one that has a conversion component to it. These will be used to help build out the One Community culinary conversion calculator. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is developing a blueprint for an open source sustainable planet 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 developing a blueprint for an open source sustainable planet 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 21 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.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenko (Graphic Designer) also completed her 26th week, now working icon images for the Highest Good Network software. This week she was working on the Economics icons based on feedback on the last 5 in this category. She made requested changes focused mostly on the icon with the apple in the middle, adding details, numbers, lines and other elements from the source to make it look more futuristic and spacious. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rachit Joshi (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rachit worked on improvements that were suggested in the Google Doc for his reports function. The y-axis on the Infringements Visualization will not show decimal ticks now. He also implemented two versions of displaying infringement descriptions in the graph pop ups. He tried to implement the modal system on the clicking functionality but a lot of issues arose due the complexity in the PeopleReports.jsx component, he then decided to move the visualizations into their own components. This will make it easier for these visualizations to be used in other parts of the application and also reduce conflicts when Irene starts work on improving the UI. The pictures below relate to this work.
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