Building open source eco-villages is a doorway to a more sustainable world. One Community is open sourcing and free sharing everything needed to create replicable versions of them. This includes sustainable and DIY-replicable versions of 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 November 14th, 2021 edition (#451) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is building open source eco-villages 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 summarized findings for different stabilized earth mixes for compression testing. We corresponded with Daniela, Frank, Amin, George, and the Compression Team, conveyed information to George about the bolts and different bracket configurations and to systematically make the bracket smaller to identify the threshold, and emailed the Compression Team about possibly testing the potential residue chemical in buckets throwing off their ability to make aircrete successfully. Pictures below are related to all of this.
The core team also finished assembling the Murphy bed wall framing with the over-bed section that has the lights. We also revised electrical circuit pages and provided comments, and modeled the back storage unit with shelves and drawers. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Two other core team members reviewed and made more suggestions to the Murphy bed assembly instructions. This involved a very close look at each of the renders and drawings and looking for consistency and accuracy to achieve a finished doc. 70+ comments were made to address inaccuracies, clarity, and make specific recommendations and improvements. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #228 of Dean’s work and the focus was more lighting testing and adjustments. Pictures below show some of this.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 69th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began analyzing and determining the accessibility of the water pump for the rainwater storage system of the net-zero bathroom. When reviewing the dimensions of the pump, he noticed the pump inlet and outlet were connected to the wrong ends based on the company diagrams. He repositioned the pump and added a valve above the outlet and along the line of the inlet to reduce the spillage if replacement is ever needed. He then began creating an introduction for both the rainwater storage system and the water pump. Research on PVC system pump installation was done to create detailed instructions. To help visualize the process, Jose began creating renderings for each step. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 55th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week, Stacey’s focus was integrating feedback and making corrections to what we think is the final instruction set. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
David Na (Project Management Adviser/Engineer) completed his 27th and final week helping with input and management of the Parking Lot and Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, as well as the City Center Water Catchment Designs. This week David reviewed and redlined Daniela’s Earthbag Village CAD for remaining steps. David also looked through his files to see if any were missing on the dropbox and learned that everything he has in his folder is up to date. David also reviewed his action item list and left his comments on what tasks have been completed and what still remains to be finished. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 20th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, mainly focused now on the Earthbag Village components. Daniela started off the week by reviewing all comments left on documents such as her action plan, the Roadways report, in addition to the Aquapini and Walipini Report. She then recorded videos from the BioVeda Course she had been working on. Large videos were compressed to make the upload to the drive easier. She then made edits to the Roadways report regarding the section for water harvesting on rural roads and reviewed the finalized version. Daniela then went over to ensure that all BioVeda course videos were recorded and placed on the drive. With only one video needing to be recorded a second time, Daniela moved on to edit the Aquapini and Walipini report. She made various paragraph revisions adding and removing parts to the narrative in addition to addressing comments. Lastly, in order to illustrate the bioswales that would be placed in front of the Aquapipi and Walipini, Daniela designed two visualizations. One which was created on AutoCAD. Pictures below are related to this work.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 17th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week Shreyas updated content covering what the document aims to explain, why the document is important to open source, the table of contents, changed topics and subtopics, proof-read the document, and added to the overall conclusions for the analysis. Pictures below are related to 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 16th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team tested aircrete formulations and found that 95%, 90%, and 80% foam aircrete all experienced shrinkage. The team discussed what improvements could be made. The group also collaborated about documentation. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is building open source eco-villages 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 28th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis focused on his progress with the blower and jet fittings. He was able to do some calculations to get some estimates on the overall design, while also researching the various jet fittings that are available on the market. Both of these findings allowed him to update existing charts and modify the plumbing and instrumentation diagram for the system, next week Luis hopes to expand on the design selection by focusing on sone essential valves and a few other components. Pictures below are related to this work.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 26th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan continued with his main focus on the the Health Insurance Research. He finished reading through and providing updates and comments to the research, then focused his attention on the final analysis. The goal is determining and demonstrating the most cost-effective health insurance plan for One Community. This plan will entail saving money by purchasing a low premium, high deductible plan for everyone. This saved money will then be available for health emergencies for members of the community. Communicating this with easy-to-understand spreadsheets and text is the final focus.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 17th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus removed some lines and added windows and furniture to the section A_A, fixed mistakes and changed the line weight, and added columns to the elevations. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 16th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. Carlos delivered the Pallet Bed render with bed sheets, pillow, and other objects. He received feedback and will be adding connection hardware to the headboard next. He also modeled and did research for installing the folding door hardware for the Pallet Wardrobe, updated camera angles, and modeled said hardware. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 11th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Xuanji worked on the structure of the Cupula, Social Dome and Living Dome. She updated the columns in the Social dome and Cupula to have a better grid and expanded the floor on the second floor in the Social Dome to better match the updated column layout. She also provided feedback to all members of her team. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 8th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya had a meeting with Xuanji and Yuxi to discuss the feedback from Jae about the new floor plan updates. Based on that, she finished adjusting the location of the second-floor restrooms in the Living Dome. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 6th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi discussed with the team the most recent edits on the AutoCAD plan and how to move onto 3D modeling using Sketchup. She started with the Dining Dome basement, changing the original circular form into rectangular walls. Then, due to wall changes, the custom stairs to the basement from the first floor kitchen needed to be edited, along with its railings. Ramps leading from outside to the basement level were also adjusted and scaled properly. Furniture at the basement level was also adjusted to maximize storage space. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Min Jung Koo (Industrial Designer) joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the Duplicable City Center dormer assembly instructions. This week Min Jung focused on completing her onboarding process and understanding what needs to be done. She was one of the people looking through the Murphy bed assembly instructions and providing feedback, then she looked into Bryan’s Google doc and looked at youtube videos on how to build dormers in order to understand the background of the project, and spent the majority of her time getting the softwares (Keyshot and Rhino) installed on her laptop in order to start on the project. The pictures below relate to all of this.
One Community is building open source eco-villages 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 Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 58th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng worked on fixing the issue with people’s movements in the video. She found out that the maximum time frame for the advanced moving tool in Lumion has a time limit of 99 seconds. This is the tool that controls all the movement, so it looks like the video has to be split into two and reconstructed. It is a work-in-progress this week. She also worked on revising the AutoCAD file to match the rendering views. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 19th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini and Tropical Atrium climate battery designs. This week Frank searched for errors in his spreadsheet because of the extreme difference between the 2 different infiltration methods he used. He double checked units and formulas, as well as checked the individual cells. The numbers appear to be twice the other. He noticed drastic differences between the infiltration values due to air changes and condensation. Frank has not spotted the error yet. He also prepared the HVAC write up for Amin’s review. The pictures below relate to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 9th week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week Brian focused on outlining and laying the framework for the updated menu plan. Brian worked on determining the timeframe for perishable produce in order to build a menu guide that can be built around a two-week produce drop time with limited refrigeration space. Based on the amount of turnaround from chickpeas, black beans, lentils, soybeans, and potatoes that can be utilized and repurposed multiple times in order to avoid flavor profile redundancy, larger batches of starches can be cooked once a week and labor time can be reduced. Below are some images related to this.
One Community is building open source eco-villages 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 open source eco-villages 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, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Also additional testing and bug identification and correction confirmations for the Highest Good Network software were completed. Pictures below show some of this.
Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) also continued his help with badge design for the Highest Good Network software. This week, Guy began submitting proposals for updated versions of both the “New Personal Record” and “Most Hours in a Week” badges. You can see some of the related conversations and design process below.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also completed her 14th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week, Alex continued working on posters and using images and quotes that are approved. For quotes without images, she created new images based on available images from other quotes. Alex has also been experimenting with mixing images and applying masks to them. Some of the approved images for this week are below. Some of our favorites are below.
Hannah Gardner Hattersley (Software Engineer) completed her 7th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Hannah worked on debugging the badges. She also picked up a bug from the HGN Beta Test Bug document and is working on form validation there. She will continue working on this form validation before going back to badge testing next week. Currently, she just needs to confirm which fields are required, display a message on focus, and change the message to tooltip. Pictures below are related to this work.
Becky Xin (Volunteer Web Editor) additionally completed her 2nd week helping with web design, still focused on the solar microgrid design, sizing, and cost analysis specifics. This week Becky learned how to input images, which was quite a steep learning curve. She figured out how to optimize images, how to edit them to make them good for SEO, and how to resize them. Becky just has to look over the page, and then she can move on to the next webpage. Becky also has to update the SEO information of the previous images put into the page. Pictures below are related to this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This Week Navya Worked on Issue 6.a: Profile Page Functionality → Add Profile Picture. She did code debugging, checked where the issue was, added a few lines of code, and then tested all the functionality (multiple times) by uploading large files, different formatted files, redirecting to another website, and resizing and then uploading again. In all the scenarios it worked, so Navya committed the code and raised the related PR. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with web design. This week Yuran was exposed to and learned about the process and weekly tasks related to web development, talked with her manager and started creating the Grid-tie Energy Infrastructure Tutorial page on the demo page. She also watched some online courses about HTML and studied the requirements for pages on the One Community web design details spreadsheet.
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