Building open source sustainable communities is possible just like building anything else open source. One Community is doing this for “The Highest Good of All.” Step one is finishing the open source designs for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices. Step two is confirm everything is correct as we use them to build the initial teacher/demonstration community. Step three is hosting visitors and supporting others for global replication as we continue to build the additional open source village models.
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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 June 28th, 2020 edition (#379) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is building open source sustainable communities 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 created version 1 of the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) video walkthrough. This included recording and editing the audio, minor video edits, and adding the first round of transition elements, labels, and effect. You can see some of this work in progress below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #191 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was developing the ground texture and variability around the domes.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) continued with her 8th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. this week Ashwini began working on the excavation, footers and foundation research and content updates. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Pallavi Samaiya (Business Technology Analyst) also continued with her 2nd week researching how to sustainably manage and process non-recyclable waste. This week Pallavi This week Pallavi began researching Pyrolysis and Gasification options for community processing of non-recyclable waste products. You can see pictures of some of this initial research below and we’d say this brings this tutorial to about 4% complete.
One Community is building open source sustainable communities 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 began a detailed review of the Duplicable City Center energy analysis needed for LEED Platinum certification and completion of the City Center open source HVAC design tutorial. This week we updated the SketchUp files to the latest so the OpenStudio Plugins can be correctly extended, updated the proposed wall construction to R-37 (previously R-36), and updated the glazing materials and construction sets with more easy-to-follow names. You can see below some of this work-in-progress.
And the core team began working on the Duplicable City Center structural engineering details. This week we reviewed the current models of the structure in the AutoCAD drawings, worked on importing the CAD files to SAP2000 with adjusted scale and selected structural members, and reviewed the load design in ASCE 7-16 and calculated the required snow load with the guidance of the code specifications. You can see some of this work below.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Duplicable City Center 3D walkthrough and completed his 32nd week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was adding in the central area and cupola sections of the structure, fixing textures, and adding a diversity of additional people and objects throughout all areas. You can see some of this work below and we’d say creation of this walkthrough video is now 25% complete.
And Ian Coletti (Environmental Studies Major Researcher) completed his 3rd week researching for the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors open source guide. This week Ian finished initial examination of products from all listed companies. He also performed supplemental research on weatherstripping and began plotting company sustainability rankings. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is building open source sustainable communities 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 phase 1 of developing the open source permaculture design content by wrapping up the Case Study section with the final rollout details for each component. Next step for this is independent review and revisions by an experience permaculture designer joining our team next week.
The core team also continued researching rabbits. This week’s focus was taking info from 21 different rabbit articles and adding the best of what we learned to the developing research Google Doc. You can see some of this below.
And the core team also continued working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week’s focus was resizing images, checking/correcting spelling of the whole document, updating pages 58 and 59, adding pages 61-66, and adding missing Step 10 on pages 32-34. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 22nd week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on multiple new exhaust and intake layouts for the climate battery. These were needed to address conflicts with the internal layouts of the structures. You can see some of the proposed designs being discussed below.
And Jessica Wienke (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and CEO & Co-Owner of The Artisan Wheelhouse & The Roots of Medicine) and Aly Shannon (Food & Nutrition Project Consultant and Creative Director & Co-Owner of The Roots of Medicine) continued with their 2nd week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week they created and tested recipes for Greek Root Veggies, Veggie Scrap Vegetable Stock, and French-Style Onion Soup for the vegan recipe pages. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is building open source sustainable communities 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 Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) completed her 10th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao analyzed the structure with new dimensions and spacings. The columns, lateral beams and girders were designed with PSL rectangular shapes in minimum required sizes. Straw bales were designed as thermal insulation layers attached to the wood structure. The details of straw bales attached to the wood columns and wood frame walls were designed to match the architectural design and construction. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 45% complete.
Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week Xiaolu started the first step of the ultimate classroom outdoor landscape architecture design by completing a basic site condition plan, bubble diagram, and iconic reference image analysis. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is building open source sustainable communities 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:
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) also completed his 21st week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry developed a function to import One Community Work Breakdown Structures from Excel. This is a challenging task because the structure of the Excel file is different. The display for the start and end day was also fixed, so now you can add an empty day. You can see some of this work below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 14th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Alvaro reviewed Tengxiao’s pull request and added comments to his code. He also started to document the questions he got during the reviewing process so other reviewers have a guide for making reviewing easier in the future, especially if they are new to the process. You can see some screenshots of Alvaro’s behind-the-scenes work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 10th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software too. This week Wen researched on the implementation of a cron job and learned how the cron job for the blue squares is built. She has been creating and testing a new cron job for badges – a script running automatically at a specified time we set to check the criteria and assign badges. Some screenshots of Wen’s work-in-progress are below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 10th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week he continued to promote our project and the One Community helping page to educators, engineers and various supporters of The Venus Project. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and some screenshots of the overview he shares.
Andon Ignatov (Senior Web Developer) completed his 8th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon came very close to completing the work for the WBS #1.6.7. He created a way for an Admin to run a weekly report of all the users’ summaries for the current week, last week or the week before last. He made the “Weekly Summaries Report” page and menu only available to admins. On that page an admin can now also generate PDF versions of the report so they can be downloaded for offline viewing. Andon also did review and testing for a WBS # 4.2.4 pull request in HGNApp (Pause or resume option in user management) and had it merged with the “development” branch. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the additional changes for Pause functionality by implementing a popup to choose the reactivation date upon pause. They also completed the delete-user functionality so now, upon clicking the delete button on the user grid, a new popup will be shown so the Administrator can choose the delete options (Delete forever, Archive or Inactive) from the popup. Along with these, a generic protected route React component has been created with generic role-based restrictions and the same is merged to the development branch so that everyone can use this. You can see some of this work below.
And Adam Capdeville (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week working on the Highest Good Network software. Adam completed module subsection 1.4.3, allowing users to create a professional job title for themselves on their profile. In order for Adam to complete the 1.4.3 he needed to familiarize himself with Node.js as he developed his module. With helpful guidance by Andon, Adam was able to update the database schema to contain user job titles, which allowed the front end to push and pull said data appropriately. Adam also added a reminder overlay on the user profile, any time the user made a change to their profile a message would appear reminding them to save their profile. Adam wrapped up his week with comprehension of the Node.js DB and looking over issue 1.4.6, nearing completion. You can see some of Adam’s behind-the-scenes work below.
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