Building the sustainable future that’s possible has never been as needed and accessible as it is now. We’re helping make it even more accessible and possible by designing and open source and free-sharing tools, tutorials, and DIY instructions for self-replicating teacher/demonstration hubs that include all aspects of sustainability. Food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more are included. We call this living and creating for “The Highest Good of All.”
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
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 December 15th, 2019 edition (#351) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is building the sustainable future that’s possible 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 began building the new Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. We created the basic page structure, table of contents, and social media imagery and descriptions. You can see some of this work here.
And Oluyomi Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 8th week with the team, continuing cost analysis of external Earthbag Village components. This week Oluyomi added images in the introduction of each section, a detailed paragraph description of the four roadway material options, and discussion of the compatibility of the wind and hydro power turbine compatibility for home (small scale) and community-sized (medium to large scale) usage. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #172 and the focus was testing and working on alternate 3D designs for the stairway that will provide rooftop access. This is necessary because the 2D designs did not account for the fact that the dome curves away from the stairs.
One Community is building the sustainable future that’s possible 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 and Anvita Kumari Pandey (Civil Engineer) continued research to find the right LED lights for installation overhead and along the City Center patio areas. Anvita researched lumen requirements for patios and outdoor areas and the core team reviewed this, made selections, and made related AutoCAD and spreadsheet updates. We’d say we are now about 85% complete with the lighting selection details.
One Community is building the sustainable future that’s possible 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 continued compiling narratives and adding info and photos to our behind-the-scenes chicken Google Doc for the specific chicken breeds that will be best for our project. We also added a few chicken resources such as this video regarding what to ask breeders before buying your chickens. You can see some of these behind-the-scenes developments here.
In addition, the core team continued developing the DIY Dam Design and Construction by organizing notes from Geoff Lawton’s videos on the topic and highlighting the information that should be added to the open source tutorial page.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued with week 5 of his work on the Transition Kitchen designs. This week Ziqian finished his part of the development of the Transition Kitchen by wrapping up the AutoCAD drawings, SketchUp model, and demo video. We’d say this brings this component to 95% complete, all that remains is final review of the cost analysis and integration of everything into the website. We will also create detailed assembly instructions, but that will be a new action item.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) also continued with his 4th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week Mohammad redesigning the drainage system using PVC pipes, laid out trench French Drains, laid out the structure’s vent pipes, and outlined the drainage & ventilation components. Details used for this round of revisions are as follows: Minimum pipes slope: 1/2″ / 12”, French Drain Slope: 1/8” / 12”, Drainage & ventilation components: <140> LF 8” PVC pipe, <395> LF 4” PVC pipe, <180> LF 4” PVC perforated pipe, <7> 8” PVC Tees, <9> 8” PVC Elbows, <13> 4” PVC Elbows, <7> 8” – 4” PVC Transitions, <6> 12×12 Catch Basins, <4> 22×22 Catch Basins. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 55% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) also continued with his 2nd week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on developing a new transient 1D model for the climate battery. The advantage of this model compared to the previous version is that the transient profile of the soil temperature can be calculated as a function of time and no iterations are required for this purpose.
One Community is building the sustainable future that’s possible 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:
One Community is building the sustainable future that’s possible 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 Emilio Nájera (Digital Marketer) continued work on our volunteer and donation campaigns. This week he reviewed and analyzed the current state of the campaigns in order to get ideas for future improvement. You can see some of this work here.
Deema Ali (Graphic/Video Designer) also completed her 4th week designing new versions of the One Community Overview videos. This week Deema implemented new revisions to the One Community Overview video, added new clips, and created a new collage sequence in the video. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
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