Open source building sustainable eco-villages is a path to making comprehensive sustainability accessible for anyone that wants it. One Community is creating the free-shared and DIY-replicable components needed for this. They include 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 28th, 2021 edition (#453) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is building sustainable 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 followed up with DomeGaia regarding continued issues for collapsing aircrete. We started Frank on a new task, namely making the solar tutorial more user friendly, began conversations with experts to understand which stabilized earth mixes the Compression Team should test, and how to make sure appropriate clay is purchased. We also added an introduction to the Walipini, Aquapini, and Zenapini design writeup, and created an outline.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #230 of Dean’s work and the focus was more lighting testing and adjustments. This last week three hours were spent working on how to show the light coming trhough the different colors of the bottle wall.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 71st week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis added a wooden platform made from a 2 by 8 to the net-zero bathroom pump rendering. The purpose of the platform was to elevate the pump and make the swapping of the pump easier by having the platform removable to leave a gap between the pump and the floor. After completing this task, he began rendering images of the pump installation process. The illustrations consisted of the step-by-step process and proper installation of accessories such as a digital pump control and a pressure gauge. These accessories will allow for monitoring and automatic control of the pump system. Next, the images will be added to the net-zero bathroom instructions/tutorial, along with descriptions and recommendations. The pictures below show some of this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 22nd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, mainly focused now on the Earthbag Village components. This week Daniela started off by reading through and going over all new comments left of the documents she had been working on, along with comments that were left on some DropBox files. Daniela incorporated new edits to the Earthbag Village Drainage Plan AutoCAD based on the comments Jae had mentioned and created new PDFs for the changes and wrote a small summary on the Earthbag Village pavement types for the Water Catchment Report. As more comments came in for the Drainage plan, Daniela continued to make changes to the CAD. Once completed, Daniela tried multiple ways to export new PDFs onto different sized paper that would provide the best formatting. In addition, Daniela responded to various comments on the Aquapini and Walipini report and wrote new material for two sections, one of which required some research to confirm that the correct information was being provided. 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 18th week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team made aircrete using recommended measurements provided by DomeGaia: 9.4 lbs cement, 0.7 gallons water, and foam to reach 4.5 gallons of overall aircrete. In addition to this mix, the team created another set of aircrete using extra cement. Both batches of aircrete did not hold up and shrinkage was again observed. Then the team worked on creating a document showcasing all of the compression tests done from June to the present day. Pictures below are related to this work.
Becky Xin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 4th week helping with web design, now focused on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial. This week Becky started developing the staging version. This tutorial has 150 pages and a lot of headings and a huge table of contents. She met with Jae, which helped as he went over more efficient ways of formatting than what was used before. Becky will continue to build this page into the coming weeks. Pictures below are related to this work.
Karla Ulloa (Front end Developer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the open source Dome-Home Site Clearing, Preparation, and Maintenance staging page. This week Karla did on-boarding on Wednesday and previewed and reviewed the google docs for this page that was assigned to her. On Thursday she took the first steps to establishing the page by mimicking the layout that was requested. After properly placing the layout Karla began to add the desired functions, fonts and style. Friday was a continuation of applying all desired criteria to the page. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is building sustainable 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 the core team worked with 3D SketchUp for the City Center to provide detailed images with all dimensions and angles for the framing of the City Center dormer windows. This week we provided detailed images with all rotational angles in three different planes for the beam framing of the City Center dome structure so they can be used for the dormer designs. Detailed step-by-step instructions were provided for central, lower-right and upper-right beams. We also exported a 3D SketchUp model of the second floor beams as a TSL file.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 29th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis focused on the finalization of the jet assembly and fittings. In order to find the best match for the City Center Spa Design, he researched the different kinds of jet fittings that were available and what benefits they each offered. Hydrotherapy jets are very beneficial but require significant plumbing, therefore the team decided to stick with a lower number of jet outlets with stronger streams. The rotary fittings that were selected allow a blower to be incorporated into the system, and provide an adjustable nozzle to target an ideal spot for a user. This prioritizes the systems efficiency and the users experience to provide benefits for all. Next week, Luis will begin looking into control systems for the design and potentially develop code that will suit the functional needs of the system. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 19th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus made some changes to the roofs according to the latest update of the roof plans and her supervisor’s suggestions, had a zoom meeting with her supervisor about these roofs, and added the new roofs to the previous Revit file. See pictures below.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 13th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she worked on updating the layout of storage shelves in the basement, the furniture in the Social Dome first floor, and the fountain in the swimming pool. Xuanji also cleaned up the walls and columns to export the floor plan pdf for review by the Core Team. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 10th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya finished the SketchUp Model for the first-floor living dome, which included building up the walls according to the latest CAD drawings and placing the new rescaled doors. However, after placing the second floor CAD drawings into the SU Model, Huiya found that many places on the first floor and the second floor did not match up. So she set up a meeting with Xuanji and Yuxi, and they decided to modify the CAD drawings first, and then continue modeling after each floor was aligned correctly. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 8th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi continued to work on the SketchUp model to correct door sizes and add specialized door modeling. She remodeled the kitchen serving bar table in the Dining Dome according to the updated CAD file, as well as other kitchen appliances. Later in the meeting with the rest of the team, Yuxi discovered a few issues with placement of columns and walls through 3D modeling, thus requiring updates to the CAD file to deliver a more accurate plan. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Min Jung Koo (Industrial Designer) completed her 3rd week working on the Duplicable City Center dormer assembly instructions. This week Min Jung began to build the basic beam structure in Rhino. It took some time due to the complex structure. She started on building the garble dormer on top of the beam structure on the CAD for the second floor. Min Jung continued with research on the most commonly used materials and structure of the garble dormer along with the windows. The pictures below relate to all of this.
One Community is building sustainable 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 the core team began a comprehensive review and final edits on our Sheep research, consolidating some paragraphs for further clarity, addressing grammar and sentence structure issues, researching lamb and ewe costs, and discussion on overall approach to bringing everything together for web publication. Check out the pictures below related to this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 60th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng finished updating the Aquapini and Walipini Design in AutoCAD and adding the notes for each element. She labeled the plant names and created multiple tabs, including the one with notes, a clean design version, and planting design only for team use. After completing the CAD drawing, she uploaded everything and shared them with the team. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 21st week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini and Tropical Atrium climate battery designs. This week Frank worked on the summary document related to the Aquapini and Walipini HVAC designs. The methods of infiltration that are used on the Tropical Atrium were used to determine the infiltration energy calculations of the Aquapini and Walipini designs. He was also introduced to the System Advisor Model Program to help with solar design. The pictures below relate to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 10th 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 worked on developing the transitional kitchen menu design layout to ensure that the waste was minimal and so that the kitchen crew could perform all the duties necessary to cook for the volunteers every day and every meal. Brian also interviewed and brought on a new volunteer. Below are some images related to this.
Jennifer Lee (Graphic Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the open source Permaculture Design staging page. This week Jennifer worked on populating the first pages of the Open Source Permaculture webpage. She worked on the table of contents, images, general body of text, fixed header formatting, and added anchor links to the new additions. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is building sustainable 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 sustainable 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 18 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 27th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan worked on the Health Insurance research. He continued to work on the conclusion of the narrative, which will outline the costs of health insurance, the importance of health insurance, medical emergency scenarios, and the cost savings analysis of opting for low-premium Bronze plans. Aidan has been double-checking and revising the details of the various plans that have been analyzed. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenkø (Graphic Designer) also completed her 16th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week focused on correcting 31 posters from week 15, using feedback and examples for corrections. She also started working on icons and looking for images for inspiration and layouts. Making different variations and eliminating the unsuccessful versions, working on colors, typography and layouts for those icons that were provided by email. Some of her latest meme creations are below.
Hannah Gardner Hattersley (Software Engineer) completed her 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Hannah pushed her changes for form validation and switched her approach to debugging. After a couple weeks of trying to understand the fundamental logic of the streak badge and consulting someone with more experience, she still could not find a solution. So this week, Hannah began re-writing the code. It is currently functional outside of the context of the userHelper (written in an isolated failed with mock data to begin with) but is not fully integrated into the main codebase. She will integrate and test it in the main code base this weekend and next week. Pictures below are related to this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya looked into updating the New Max Personal Record Badge. She checked all the code for image url, how it is displaying, checking the CSS and communicating with Jae to determine the correct functional requirements. Jae helped Navya to understand exactly what was needed and she finished the first round of solving the issue. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also completed her 3rd week helping with web design, this week focused mainly on the health insurance content on the staging web page. She revised the missing parts of the table of contents, finished the content and formatting of the page, added the reference section, and modified the tables and added them to the web page. Yuran also fixed some problems for the Grid-tie Energy Infrastructure Tutorial. Pictures below are related to this work.
Kitan García (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kitan reviewed a PR from Navya and spent more time working on fixing the badges bug assigned to him. He was able to trace its source, but unable to actually fix the bug, due to some gaps in understanding with MongoDB and still needing to gain familiarity with schemas and how they fit into this project. Kitan also communicated on Slack for the best way to handle fixing the bug and found why it occurs. Pictures below are related to this work.
And, last but not least, Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) helped us create and update our Adwords campaigns for promoting the Best Small and Large-scale Community Clothing Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options and Most Sustainable Flooring Materials pages. See pics below related to this.
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