Building Sustainable Communities – One Community Weekly Progress Update #54

One Community is building sustainable communities through open source and free-shared DIY blueprints, tools, tutorials, and resources for The Highest Good of All:

Building Sustainable Communities, One Community Weekly Progress Update #54


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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, helping forward the movement of building sustainable communities. Here is our weekly progress update (#54) covering our development and accomplishments for the week of March 3rd, 2014, dedicated to this topic of building sustainable communities:

Building Sustainable Communities
One Community Weekly Progress Update #54

Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:



  • Completed another 25% of the Art/Music and Trade Skills subject image (see below)
  • Now 80% done with the Health Subject research (topic and images behind the scenes)
  • Researched another 250 images for the Science Subject Molecule (we think we’re about 50% done)
  • Added an additional online resources section to the Math Subject page
  • Created a written and video tutorial on image research and theme mindmap creation







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This last week the core team completed another 25% of the Art/Music and Trade Skills subject image:

 Art/Music and Trade Skills subject image almost complete, One Community

Art/Music and Trade Skills Subject Image – Almost Complete


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This last week the core team completed skylight simulations on the Aquapini & Walipini design parts of our model for building sustainable communities, testing the difference between flush skylights, horizontal skylights, 50% versus 100% solar penetration, and the addition of reflective surfaces versus non-reflective surfaces. The results as shown below show that flush skylights combined 100% solar penetration and the addition of reflective surfaces will maximize sunlight in these structures and increase this sunlight where we want it most: against the North wall.

David Sweet (Architect – finished putting the first Zenapini layouts into CAD and now we’re going to start putting this into 3D so we can work out some additional needed details, for building sustainable communities. Here are the before and after images:

Before and After Pictures of the First Zenapini Layouts into CAD, One Community

Before and After Pictures of the First Zenapini Layouts in CAD

Bupesh Seethala (Architectural Drafter, Designer, and 3-D Visualizer – is also about 50% done with the Large-scale Aquapini in 3DS Max, thus supporting the process of building sustainable communities:

50% done with the Large-scale Aquapini in 3DS Max, One Community

Large-scale Aquapini in 3DS Max – 50% Complete


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This last week Victor Herber (Mechanical Engineer) managed to eliminate about 40% of our materials, building sustainable communities, while simplifying the entire design and also making it easier to empty. What you see here is a steel framework that will hold removable aluminum 3’x7′ trays. The steel structure will be able to be lifted with jacks to remove the bottom tray, and the bottom steel support framework, lower all the other trays with the jacks, and then empty the tray place it and the support framework back on the top.

Vermiculture sketchup design, One Community

Vermiculture Design Progress


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This last week the core team completed a long list of added 3-D details including doors to the 1st and 2nd floor storage areas, safety railings, and new bathroom locations. It is to be holding and building sustainable communities:

3-D Duplicable City Center added details, One Community

Duplicable City Center Added 3-D Details

We also redid the railings to match the new stair designs:

Duplicable City Center Railings redone to match the new stair designs, One Community

Railings that Match the New Stair Designs

We are also now done with about 50% of the complete internal and external planting plan for this structure, which is to supporting in building sustainable communities:

Internal and External Planting Plan, One Community

Internal and External Planting Plan – 50% Complete

Douglas Simms Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) finished the final watercolor rendering of the Duplicable City Center, to be holding and building sustainable communities:

Duplicable City Center watercolor, One Community

Duplicable City Center Watercolor by Douglas Simms Stenhouse – Click to Enlarge

Joel Newman (Architectural Visualization Designer has continued with beautiful progress on the real-to-life render of this building, responsible for building sustainable communities. Here was his first render of the week:

Duplicable city center real to life render, One Community

Duplicable City Center Real-to-Life Render

Next Joel turned to creating the environment that is to be building sustainable communities, in which the building will be placed in the final images. Starting with the Google Earth file of the actual property, he created a height map image showing terrain in shades of grey with white as the highest elevation, and black is the lowest:
Height Map Image Showing Terrain, One Community

Height Map Image Showing Terrain


He then loaded this into a terrain generator which created geometry like this:
Terrain Generator Photo

Terrain Generator Photo

Once this terrain was created, he was able to place a camera on it and start adding ground textures and vegetation and such, supporting the process of building sustainable communities. Here is the beginning of this:
ground textures and vegetation

Ground Textures and Vegetation

Then, taking the original render and putting it together with the terrain he created this. A true architecture model to support building sustainable communities:

The original render with the terrain added, One Community

Duplicable City Center Render with Added Terrain

Karl Harris (Architect Drafter, Designer, and founder of Harris Design & Technology Services) finished the final Duplicable City Center layout, which aids in building sustainable communities, in CAD including updating the central area to match design changes made in 3D, some additional support pillar placement, more redesign details for the storage areas, stairway and mezzanine level touchups in the Dining Dome, emergency exit touchups, and more. Now he’ll be moving on to CAD elevations and window specifics, which is to support us in building sustainable communities:

final Duplicable City Center layout in CAD, One Community

Final Duplicable City Center Layout in CAD-Click to go to open source hub and click photo there to enlarge


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OVERVIEW       ●       LOCATION       ●       FUNDING





The One Community self-replicating model is capable of creating a sustainable planet within 30 years. We will achieve this by establishing successful teacher/demonstration hubs on every continent. Villages include designs appropriate for each of the five main types of climates. They also include options for even the most challenged economies. These hubs will collaborate with one another, share ideas, resources, and work together as a network to heal the planet. They will also transform the global lifestyle to a more enjoyable, fulfilling, healthy, and sustainable one.

The specifics of how One Community is accomplishing this can be found on the One Community Solution Model to Create Solution-creating Models Page. Research supporting and showing the benefits of a model like this can be found on our Research and Resources Articles Archive.

Even if we don’t achieve our ultimate goal of global transformation, a self-replicating teacher/demonstration model like this will take a relatively short period of time to positively affect millions while inspiring millions more.  For One Community residents (the Pioneer Team), the idea of creating and sharing the social and recreational experience with visitors is also fun, exciting, fulfilling, and an additional reason why we are creating this.



One Community’s four-phase strategy for the creation of solution models that create solution creating models uses open source blueprints for duplication that simultaneously address all aspects of the human experience (food, energy, housing, education, social inequality and injustice, fulfilled living, etc.). We see these areas as interdependent and requiring a comprehensive solution if humanity is to move ecologically, socially, economically, and permanently towards a truly sustainable future for everyone.

Our open source model and blueprints engage and inspire people while simultaneously making sustainable living more affordable and easy to replicate. By free-sharing the step-by-step plans people need for duplication, inviting people to participate, and demonstrating sustainable teacher/demonstration hubs as a more desirable way of living, the model will predictably expand on its own.

It is this approach we see uniting the world and leading to a new Golden Age for humanity. While we understand that not everyone believes this is even possible, we are nonetheless bringing together all those that do see this as possible as the non-profit think tank of forward-thinking individuals willing to design, build, and open source project-launch blueprint and free-share it for The Highest Good of All.



One Community is building solution-creating models designed to create additional solution-creating models to specifically facilitate exponential and sustainable global teacher/demonstration village growth. The following four phases of the strategy we are applying are designed to support each other and accelerate the process globally:

Phase I: Demonstrating a Better Way

We are designing One Community to demonstrate an experience of living that we believe most people will consider to be better because it will be more enjoyable and fulfilling. We also think most people will consider it better because it is made possible specifically through a foundation of sustainable sustainability and a philosophy that is for The Highest Good of All.

Phase II: Open Source Project-Launch Blueprinting

Everything we do we are open source project-launch blueprinting and free-sharing to make it as easy and affordable as possible to duplicate, adapt, and evolve in the manner that suits each individual and/or group’s needs. Free-sharing information like this is our aggressive-exposure engine and an aspect of One Community that will accelerate indefinitely as we continue to build our team, move onto the property, and continuously build and evolve everything that is One Community.

Phase III: Inviting the World to Participate

Everything we are open source project-launch blueprinting is designed to invite the world to participate by duplicating it as either individual components or complete teacher/demonstration communities, villages, and cities that will be able to be built almost anywhere in the world. Additionally, people can join One Community as membersconsultants and/or partners, or use the suggestions links on our open source project-launch blueprinting hubs to help with the design, implementation, and evolution process. Scholarships, weekend learning and work crews, and tourism will be foundations of One Community once we have sufficient infrastructure in place to support these options.

Phase IV: Universal Appeal and Global Expansion

As One Community continues evolving and establishing ourselves, everything we create and promote will serve as the engine to inspire people to align with the concept of open source and sustainable living for The Highest Good of All. We are doing this to create mainstream appeal and our path to achieving this appeal is demonstrating a happier, more affordable, and ecologically friendly model of living that can be built anywhere in the world.

Open source project-launch blueprinting it all is how we believe the model will spread and, possibly most importantly, that it will predictably spread even faster in the areas where it is needed most because building restrictions, the cost of land, and materials costs are in most cases lower in these areas.



One Community’s open source strategy will evolve 5 primary types of open source content purposed to reach and service as broad an audience as possible. This includes the following mediums of sharing that are being developed to function as standalone resources or in combination with each other:

  • Video tutorials
  • Audio tutorials
  • Live streaming video
  • Direct/live interaction
  • Written content and downloadable PDFs

Maximum exposure is accomplished through simultaneous implementation of the following strategies:

  • Free-shared audio, visual, and PDF downloads
  • Scholarship and intern programs for direct learning
  • Videoing or live-streaming almost all classes and activities
  • Tourism option for involvement in almost all aspects of One Community
  • Dedicated and search engine optimized sections of our website for each key area
  • Our established infrastructure that simultaneously posts to over 20 social networks



One Community sees the issues of the world as interdependent and interconnected. To address them simultaneously, we are open-source blueprinting a more advanced standard of living by designing holistic, environmentally-regenerative, self-sustaining, adaptable solutions for all areas of sustainability. We will model these within a comprehensive “village/city” which will be built in the southwestern U.S. This teacher/demonstration hub will be a place people can experience a new way of living and then replicate it with our open source blueprints: creating a model solution that creates additional solution-creating models.

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