Building sustainable cities is finally becoming both practical and affordable with the resources and backing of governmental organizations. What is needed now is a way for average people, NGOs, and nonprofits to build them too. Open sourcing and free-sharing everything needed for construction and maintenance can make this easy enough, affordable enough, and provide sufficient diversity and benefit for it to spread and be directed by the private sector. One Community sees this as a Highest Good of All approach to global transformation, individual and small-group freedom and empowerment.
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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 March 5th, 2017 edition (#206) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES INTRO: @1:03
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @2:02
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @3:05
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @3:47
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @6:57
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @9:01
BUILDING SUSTAINABLE CITIES SUMMARY: @9:54
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One Community is building sustainable cities 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 last week the core team transferred all of the written content for the Consensus and Decision Making Lesson Plan to the website, as you see here. This lesson plan is purposed to teach all subjects, to all learning levels, in any learning environment, using the central theme of “Consensus”.
Behind the scenes, we completed 100% of the written part of the Contribution Lesson Plan.
We also completed the final 75% of the mindmap for the Play Lesson Plan, bringing it to 100% complete, as you can see here:
In addition, the core team continued creation of renders for The Ultimate Classroom. We added items and updated the windows and textures for the yellow and green rooms.
One Community is building sustainable cities 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 created and added food and recipe images and links to the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan page, bringing that page to 92% completion, which you can see here:
Ashwin Patil (Web Developer) continued with his 20th week developing the new Search Engines for our site. This week’s work was integration of the 2nd major round of revisions and edits to the Highest Good Food search engine.
One Community is building sustainable cities 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:
The core team working with Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) put another combined total of 10 hours into the crowdfunding campaign we are developing. This week’s focus was editing the Excavation and Construction of an Earthbag Dome GoogleDoc, focusing on floor construction (Section 11). We also completed the subterranean exterior ground finish of polyethylene water barrier and EPS insulation (Section 13), the French Drain Gutter (Section 14) and the final backfill. You can see some of this work here.
Alena Thompson (Mechanical Engineer) completed her 4th week helping with the Net-zero Communal Bathroom Designs. This week she further developed the water storage, piping, and use details and ran initial catchment calculations.
Christian Ojeda (Mechatronic Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the heat-recycling Communal Eco-shower designs. This week’s focus was adding more details to shower structures and starting to model the septic piping and placement for the showers and Vermiculture Bathrooms.
And Jennifer Zhou (Web Designer) helped create version 1.0 of the standardized AutoCAD layers and line-weights template and tutorial webpage. You can see screenshots of this work here:
Using this tutorial, the core team also completed conversion of the Straw Bale Village (Pod 2) to the new and simplified color and layer format.
And Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping us create quality Cob Village (Pod 3) renders. Here is update 58 of Dean’s work developing this progression of 37 images for the room furniture and lighting for the Eastside living spaces. The final 7 images shown here are new from this week:
Hamilton Mateca (AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer) also finished his 33rd week helping with the Compressed Earth Block Village (Pod 4) design and render details. This week’s focus was producing this final Kitchen Render Looking Northwest.
Adding details to both Dean and Hamilton’s previous work, Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) created this Final Cob Village West living space loft area:
….and this 2nd generation Compressed Earth Block Village Front Area Looking Southeast render:
Aparna Tandon (Architect) additionally continued her work on the Compressed Earth Block Village external elements. What you see here is her 18th week of work, focusing on integrating into the front of the West side similar layout and landscaping details as used in the front of the East side.
Jiming Chen (Designer with his Master’s in Architecture and BA in Engineering) also continued helping develop the Tree House Village (Pod 7). What you see here is his 14th week of this work focusing on 3rd-generation renderings of each of the different tree house structures shown here…. also this 4th-generation render of half the complete village.
One Community is building sustainable cities 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 Dipti Dhondarkar, (Electrical Engineer) continued with her 29th week of work on the lighting specifics for the City Center. This week’s focus was continuing the process of learning how to use the Dialux software, modeling the City Center Social Dome bathrooms, and continuing lighting testing with different floor and wall colors.
Haoxuan “Hayes” Lei (Structural Engineer) and Shuna Ni (Masters of Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering PhD) also continued their work on the City Center structural engineering. This week’s focus was continuing the roof designs, updates to the dome geometry, and continuing to work out the details for the different column-section length and weight specifics.
Ramya Vudi (Electrical Engineer) and Shubham Agrawal (Electrical Engineer) continued their work on the energy infrastructure for the City Center. What you see here are a couple photos from the weekly collaborative calls with Mike Hogan (Automation Systems Developer and Business Systems Consultant and this week’s research into hot water heaters and power supplies.
Renan Dantas (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 10th week working on the Duplicable City Center AutoCAD updates. This week’s focus was continuing to integrate the new dome geometry into the Master File and 3D modeling the domes to help the structural team with their decision making process for design updates.
And Jin Yu (Structural Engineering Designer) also completed her 6th week working on the concrete foundation design and tutorial details for the Duplicable City Center. This week’s focus was this behind-the-scenes tutorial explaining the wall strip footing design and 2 new MathCAD tutorials explaining the different calculations necessary for proper foundation design.
One Community is building sustainable cities 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 finished another several rounds of developing the new Highest Good education video. What you see in the background here is the most recently developed and tested video and graphics.
Hannah Gibbs (Web Developer) also completed her 6th week of helping develop the Taxes and Sustainable Community Building page. This week’s focus was creating version 1 of these chart graphics.
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