One Community is creating the building blocks for communal permanence. They include food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. We’re open sourcing and free sharing each component as we’re developing them so we can build a global collaboration of teacher/demonstration hubs designed to evolve the plans and develop even 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 December 25th, 2022 edition (#509) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating the building blocks for communal permanence 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team created a task list for the aircrete team, helped them figure out the correct recipe based on Aircrete Harry’s PDF, and had 3 phone calls with the team to clarify information and provide guidance. The same team member also addressed comments regarding the rainwater catchment for the Net-zero Bathroom and continued to work on the DIY section for hub connectors.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 35th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming looked for pyrolysis solutions and consulted Dongguan and Henan Yuenan for WTE incinerator options. It is a customizable plant based on our demand, but the minimum treatment capacity is 100kg/h, which is too much for us. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 15th week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy spent most of her time researching pyrolysis plants for the community of 50, 100, and 200 populations. She found some alternatives but needs to verify whether they meet our requirements. She also addressed all the comments left in the spreadsheet and some of them in the tutorial. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 14th week with the team. This week, Julia finalized the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial” Google Doc and checked final corrections to the “Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More” webpage. She updated this webpage’s table of contents with corrections for grammar and spelling on the mouseover texts and then finalized this task. Julia then went over Chuck’s integration of requested fixes for the “City Center Eco-laundry” webpage and resolved and addressed comments on the corresponding Feedback PDF as well as making grammar, spelling, and formatting corrections on the live page. She checked on the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and resolved and addressed comments there. Also this week, Julia continued her review of the “Waste to energy incinerators master” spreadsheets where she resolved comments that had been integrated and further added her feedback. She also reviewed the corresponding “Addressing Non-recyclables” Google Doc up to the “Small and medium-sized community solutions – Sustainability, emissions, and cost comparison” section, making grammar and spelling corrections as needed and inputting her feedback using the comments. Finally, Julia continued converting recipes from metric to imperial measurements on the “Master Recipe and 3-Day Menu Blocks Doc” and completed this from page 92 up to page 100.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 9th weeks helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week, the Compression Testing Team took time to understand the calculations with the spreadsheet and learned how to use the little dragon as a backup foam generator. They continued to have trouble with Aircrete Harry’s foam generator holding pressure. They tested 2 batches of aircrete (6 cylinders) with soft water and Drexel, and started on an excel sheet to show the different recipe mixes used to make aircrete. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yifei Zhu (Analyst and Researcher) also completed her 6th week working on reviewing and formatting for publication the newest content for the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage. This week Yifei worked on the Net-zero bathroom and Earthbag Village rainwater content for Web publishing. She rearranged the content according to the outline, added some subsections so that the web designer will have a clear idea about what to insert on the web page, and answered comments. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating the building blocks for communal permanence 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 the Duplicable City Center SketchUp 3D model to find out the number of connection nodes in each row/level using the Dining Dome model. This is for the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering web page. The same team member worked with the food infrastructure SketchUp files to set up correct time stamps for shadow movement through the days of December 21 and June 21 for our specific location. They also continued reviewing the Murphy Bed Assembly Instruction document, checking and correcting issues, resolving completed ones, and replying with detailed information to corresponding questions in the comments. Below are some pictures of this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 65th week, now helping with energy analysis for our open source solar microgrid design. This week, Luis continued to review the Solar Sizing Calculations and focused on the power demands above 400 kWh, which are the most noteworthy across the 4 sites and should be understood for their purpose in the development of each site. Luis researched and evaluated the validity of these components to provide an explanation for the large demand. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 56th week, focusing now on the Duplicable City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. This week Daniela responded to the comments left in the glossary of the Roadways report. She then continued to read through the Updated City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. Daniela added comments, checked for errors, added titles, and edited the formatting. She was able to finish reading through the document and added new links to the Table of Content for both images and tables. Once completed, Daniela started addressing the comments she had left for herself. Originally she was going to link resources in sections where they were explicitly mentioned, but she decided to leave this for last because this report lists many resources without linking them. Daniela then began to go through the untitled images and tried to see if she could find them online in order to obtain a title that exactly references what it is mentioning. Pictures below are related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 25th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela worked on the Cost Analysis table adding a few more details that were missing. These included proposed improvements such as: Adding a drawer, more frames with movie posters, changing the wall finishes beside the bed, added 4 built-in speakers in the ceiling, and running 2 more test renders for these new ideas. Pictures below show some of this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 15th week helping with web design. Charles continued to work on the City Center Eco-laundry page comments. Charles revised the Table of Content to indent the subservient sections. He also did a lot of work to shorten the image captions to one line, moving the text to the paragraph above the image. Where feasible, Charles linked the images to the appropriate tabs in the corresponding spreadsheets, making sure they all opened in a new tab. Where appropriate, he also pointed the links to the corresponding row numbers in the spreadsheet. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 3rd week working on the updated video internal and external walkthrough for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ranran focused on the modification of the SketchUp model based on feedback from last week and the previous renderings. She also cooperated with Yuxi to verify the location and material of some details. Modified areas include 1) Social Dome: made the new seating area by the column a solid seating area, no plants in the middle of the new area; fixed the butterflies to make them fly up the wall between the windows; restored the rug in the entry to the library. 2) Dining Dome: fixed the first floor and second floor of this area. During Ranran and Yuxi’s meeting, they discussed the shape of the floors in the Dining Dome and the roof lighting in the restaurant area. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is creating the building blocks for communal permanence 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 core team continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We reviewed the 3-Day Menu Block doc for content, provided additional comments addressing particular excessive quantities of sodium and olive oil (one recipe containing 5 cups of olive oil was the standout!), and correlation of the ingredients’ lists to instructions while determining some of the ingredients in the instructions were not included in the ingredients list, etc. Pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is creating the building blocks for communal permanence 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 creating the building blocks for communal permanence 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:
Over the past week the core team completed 30 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and setting up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 36th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yiyun spent most of her time on fixing the “infringement cannot be assigned/edited/added” problem. She solved the problem on Dev but still got an empty page on Main, then she hotfixed it again. Other than that, she helped with management of the complete team via Slack, fixing release merge conflicts, etc. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 22nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan this week fixed the bug for high priority issue #6 and pushed PR #258 for the backend. She also clarified the next task requirement, to create a button on the other links/team page able to set a team manager as a team leader able to receive the weekly summary of all their team members. See pictures below for some of this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kevin looked more into why WBS uploading is not working, it is a complicated process. He also worked on doing the final requests for PR #559 about deleting folders and tasks from the tasks management pages. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Full Stack Developer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Guilherme this week finished the task showing assigned tasks as projects on the User Profile “Project” Tab, including a filter for Active, Completed, and All Tasks. He also changed the timelog so that it will only show the active tasks. An administrator/owner can now change the task to Active or Complete just by clicking on a button beside the task in the Project Tab. This was done making sure that it will not affect the tasks data for running reports. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. The auto-assignment of badges and re-creation of bugs is now possible. Aashish then worked on checking all the XhoursforXWeek badges. Given the last hours logged by the Dev admin account, the 90-hour and 60-hour-a-week badges are being auto-assigned, and the count for both the badges goes up when the same code is run multiple times. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang spent most of his time reviewing pull requests because there were many urgent bugs on the bug list that needed to be reviewed as soon as possible. He also continues working on fixing the volunteering times component. Due to Yiyun and Jae’s review, the hours still cannot be logged properly with tasks. He will debug this issue next week. Pictures below show some of this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Alan, this week, started by working on the view “team weekly summaries” button. The main features were already done and working, but he was asked to change the positioning of the button to the top. There were some bugs and conflicts on the PR so he carried on fixing those issues. A fellow teammate that reviewed the PR pointed that we should be able to see the 3 latest summaries, so he still needs to implement that. Later, Alan worked on urgent bug number 8 and he made a PR. Alan hopes it can be merged soon. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) also completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jianjun paused her work for phase two and helped with the bug fixing of phase one. She first worked on the blue square counts being incorrect in emails. After checking the logic of related functions, she made a comment of her conclusion and it was consistent with the bugfix submitted by the other developer. She then worked on the bug that submitting any profile changes will cause a save alert. She located the problem and ruled out the usual causes at the front end. She provided a hotfix for now and wrote an analysis report with RJ for future developers’ reference. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rajasri “RJ” Janakiraman (React/MongoDB Full-stack Developer) completed her 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. RJ worked on approving PRs # 596, #597, #223. She approved #596 and #597 and is awaiting additional input on #223. She also worked on a user profile change issue along with Jianjun, submitted a detailed analysis for further references, reported possible errors and fixes to Yiyun on Slack, and fixed critical incorrect filename reference (compile errors) and made a PR #250 for this. Pictures below show some of this work.
Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Aishwarya reviewed PR #239: Alan fix eslint problems and has provided review comments which need to be incorporated to move further with the merging of the PR. She then picked a medium-level (bug no. 13) from the bugs document and started investigating the issue as well as going through and understanding the code base. She has found the files in which changes are to be made and has been successful in making the name clickable. Aishwarya is still working on routing the URL after clicking on the name to the correct user profile. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Johny almost finished his task of “Creating sub-tasks in a WBS doesn’t create a new folder and makes the tasks uneditable”. Now he just needs to finish some details on this task such as creating a delete button to delete the task. Pictures below show some of this work.
Shaun Sullivan (React/MongoDB Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Shaun worked on refreshing the current date and time for all intangible clock outs. Created a new component to get the current date/time and refresh every 60 seconds, but could not get it to render though. He tried a few different approaches, all of which failed. Yiyun helped a lot, pointed him towards PR #587 as a guide. Pictures below show some of this work.
Pedro Elton (Frontend Software Developer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Pedro focused on onboarding, reading docs, communicating with project leaders, setup according to the “Instructions for “Running HGN React App Locally” file, and started redesign and bug fixing. Pictures below show some of this work.
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