Building eco-systemic permanence means building systems designed to last because they integrate with and support Earth’s natural systems that we all depend on. One Community is including open source and free-shared DIY-sustainable models 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 September 18th, 2022 edition (#495) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is building eco-systemic permanence 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 creating the Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page. We added missing links to the Foam Tutorial video, updated the text font to default (Georgian) font for six pages of previously entered text, and added text with images. We also added the graphs and external links for the Cylinder Mold Removal Process, Compression Testing Machine Process, Results and Aircrete Video Resources sections. Images below show some of this work-in-progress.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 43rd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela focused on making final edits for the Flexible Pavement Design section. She thoroughly read through the narrative and bolded all phrases and sentences that needed to be rephrased. Daniela then went through and made the narrative sound more cohesive. She altered some of the sentences in order to ensure that the message was being properly conveyed and added images to make it easier to understand. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 26th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week, Diwei completed the calculation of the peak flow discharge of drains for stormwater harvesting. The peak flow discharge at each inlet, combining the slope, is used for determining the pipe size downstream of each inlet. He also summarized the rooftop rainwater harvesting system design from the calculation of rainfall supply, water demand, and catchment area for optimization of the water storage capacity. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 22nd 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 a lot of contacting merchants via Alibaba. While looking at main information about WTE solutions, he had to learn how inquiries are made for business purposes (like what is RFQ, and how to speak as a representative of a company). Also it took time to sort and filter useful replies. Two examples (Ms. Zhou in China and Mr. Bien in Vietnam) are shown in the weekly images below. Their replies implied the minimum of feedstock input is still greater than our small-scale goals and this may not make their products economically feasible. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 3rd week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. Philip started working on the spreadsheet for “Sustainable Door Products” and added 11 products. He also further updated certain sections in the “Door and Window” Google Doc, especially in the frame section, because it is more complicated than originally thought to rank ‘the best door/material’. To actually rank the best door, it will depend on the spreadsheet system where he still might make some adjustments in ranking ‘cost per ft2 per R Rating’. A note was added to the spreadsheet. See below for some pictures of this work.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 2nd 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 worked on the WTE conversion options left from last week (Pyrolysis, Landfills, Pulverization & Drying, Torrefaction, Liquefaction, Fermentation, and Anaerobic Digestion). She adjusted the structure of each section according to the example given in the working doc, and started editing the county case study. She also researched and filled in the comparison table. Once the table is completed, she’ll be able to rank the options at hand. See below for some pictures related to this work.
One Community is building eco-systemic permanence 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 worked on content for the Solar Microgrid webpage. We replied to and reviewed comments from previous volunteers, organized current tasks in the Weekly Team Action Item Page, and continued the explanation of energy estimates spreadsheet for solar sizing for the Foundational Calculation Section. We also double checked the values for the dryer and updated the source of the information.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 59th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week, Luis continued his development of the City Center Spa Design website summary. He focused on the development of the resources and formatting. The team also discovered a missing component of the narrative, the chemical usage within the spa, and started on that research. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 48th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week, Huiya updated the pond model at the main entrance and fixed the underground ramp problem she came across last week. She also found a problem when she brought in the herb garden, the size of the original herb garden mismatched the current CAD drawing and reached out for help to fix it. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 47th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus updated the interior design plan for rooms 1, 2, 8, and 11. She also added new dormers and windows for the east and west elevations. See pictures below.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 13th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela selected and implemented small square glass tiles with mixed pastel colors for the bathroom. She ran a few test renders to be sure it would work and the results looked good. Gabriela also estimated the cost of the closet and started to estimate the cost for the bed too. Pictures below are related to this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 3rd week working on completing the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage. Charles continued working on the web page for the City Center Dome Hub Connector using content from the content in the Google Doc. He corrected the comment on the formatting of the section on “Ways to contribute and researchers”. Then he added the remaining images and the equipment needed to bend metal and cost for the equipment to the end of the page. Charles also worked on the Table of Contents, linking the table to anchors in the text. This required deleting some of the original entries in the Table of Contents and adding some new ones. Charles then reviewed the page against the checklist, marking the items on the list. He cropped inadvertent margins off the images at the bottom and replaced the images that were there with the cropped images. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is building eco-systemic permanence 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 wrote up an FAQ for “Why Nutritional Yeast?” highlighting those points and referencing two resources. We then continued with the 3-Day Menu Block doc review, questioning portion sizes, capitalizing Tablespoons to more easily differentiate between teaspoons on various recipe ingredient lists, and addressing numerous grammar and other corrections. Pictures below relate to this.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 21st week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn searched for more second week recipes that would work without fresh vegetables for both vegans and omnivores. She also responded to comments and suggestions that required adjusting recipes. She also started the process of researching the next fresh week recipes for the summer fresh week menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Personal Assistant to Jae) completed her 2nd week. This week, Julia worked on the “Open Source and DIY Permaculture Design” webpage and completed various coding and web design tasks. She organized the tables of content, coded anchor links, and formatted and reorganized webpage content. Julia also began reviewing and managing the completion process for the “Addressing Non-recyclables” research for the associate webpage. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is building eco-systemic permanence 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 building eco-systemic permanence 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 14 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 23rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun switched to work on the feature “add edit button on singleTask page for advanced users” per Eiki’s request, he wanted that feature to help him solve the merge conflicts. She finished this feature, created a PR and got it merged. For the management work, Yiyun had a call and connected with a new team member. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera worked with the pie charts on the people reports page. She added a pie chart for projects with committed hours. Vera also changed the behavior of the tasks pie chart. Now it displays information about logged hours and shows only the most recently modified tasks. It is also possible to view the pie chart with all tasks by clicking on the “view all” button. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yan wrote a deactivated user function and tested it. The test function made it possible to test a future date immediately. In the real situation, if today is the final day, the function will set the user’s status from active to inactive. But in the test situation, since we want to see the effect immediately, she wrote the function to add 5 days, which means if today plus 5 days is later than the final day, the function will change from active to inactive. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 7th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur worked on updating the outro video. He had to export the outro with different music and re-retime the transition to the beat. He also worked on the Highest Good Education and Highest Good Food videos. Both have been delivered for review. See pictures below for some of this developing work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaung worked on moving Team Member Tasks to make it a tab along with the Time Entries. He made some changes to several files associated with Tasks and Time Entries functions to keep the functionality of these components. Kaung also did 2 PR reviews. One of the PR reviews is for the frontend where he tested if the timezone changes from input for editing and creating users. Another PR reviewed was for the backend where he tested if the user got deactivated after a preset final day. The second PR review took longer for him as it was his first time working with the Highest Good Network App backend. Kaung has also picked a frontend bug to start working on. See pictures below for some of this work.
Hani Khellafi (Software Developer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. For his first week, Hani completed the initial setup process including filling out and submitting the volunteering agreement form and setting up the HGN app locally. He also reviewed 3 pull-requests: PR #179 (timer service), PR #497 (manager edit suggestion functionality), and PR #508 (WBSname bug fix). Hani also took time to learn about new packages and technologies implemented in the HGN app like Circle CI, Websocket and Radis. Pictures below relate to this work.
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