One Community is demonstrating community ecology by taking a holistic approach to community creation. Combining our open source and free-shared sustainability solutions for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices will provide a living experience that will be objectively healthier, more artistic, more affordable, and far more sustainable.
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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 January 29th, 2023 edition (#514) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is demonstrating community ecology 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 had the weekly meeting with the compression testing team and watched the meeting Jae had with Dr. Bai to make a decision on how to proceed with the current team and overall project. The same team member also began a deeper review of the city center hub connector content on WordPress, continued to understand the quotes from commercially manufactured hub connectors, revised the on-site hub connector fabrication cost estimate based on a more accurate number of nodes, and added a tub-style deburring tumbler to the on-site fab method.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 86th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey continued to address and resolve the comments received from the team. Screenshots below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 19th week with the team. This week, Julia continued reviewing the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and went through the comments, resolving integrated feedback and responding with further feedback when needed. She then reviewed the most recent work on the “Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables” research, editing the content for grammar and spelling and using the comments to communicate feedback on the final research and most recent additions. Also this week, Julia worked on her review of the “Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Chicken Stewardship” webpage. She edited content for grammar, spelling, and format directly on the site as well as adding and integrating new content from the source Google Doc as needed. She used the comments on the source Doc to ask for clarifications and also worked to fix various coding and linking issues on the site. Finally, Julia started her task of reviewing and editing the “Chickens” tab of the “P1c – Food Infrastructure Comprehensive Cost Analysis” Spreadsheet.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 19th week helping with web design, now focused on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. Charles continued working on feedback comments. These comments included additions to the main and sub ToC’s, updating the mouseover text for items in the glossary so that the mouseover text contains the actual definition, replacing images that were improperly cropped, and making some adjustment to formatting of headings. The pictures below share some of this work.
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 11th weeks helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. The Compression Testing Team tested adding the foam into the mixing vessel instead of measuring it out first and reverse osmosis water was used. Work was continued with the Team 2 roundup document. Additionally, a schedule was made for when the team members could hold meetings if/when it became necessary. Additional foam testing also took place. Pictures below are related to this work.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) completed her 4th week helping review the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage engineering calculations and designs. This week Loza reviewed the design storm drainage standards and some additional design approaches from different works of literature. The design approach can be different for different countries. However, the review was made according to the main standard approaches and the possible construction plans. Loza also reviewed gutter and Inlet equations used in the report and the applicability of those equations for the different conditions from the literature review. See below for some pictures related to this.
Vidhi Bansal (3D Visualization Artist) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with video and AutoCAD renders for a 4-dome cluster Earthbag Village housing design. This week, Vidhi worked on carefully cleaning up the OBJ file provided for the 4-dome flythrough, UV unwrapping the meshes so that they can be prepared for texturing and also testing the textures in UE. She also did multiple tests to check which methodologies and pipelines would best suit the project. Two pipelines were tested, the SketchUp-to-Lumion pipeline and the Maya-to-Unreal-Engine pipeline. She ran a lighting test in Unreal so she could better understand how the textures would look to create as realistic looking a flythrough as possible. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is demonstrating community ecology 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:
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 61st week, now focused on finishing updates to the formatting of the Duplicable City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. She read through all of the newest comments that were addressed to her and figured out where she left off previously. Since she had been attempting to find the title of some images but had been unsuccessful, she started reading through comments to see where she could research links for mentioned sources. There were multiple links that Daniela was struggling to find online and in the report. She plans to continue this work next week. Pictures below are related to this work.
This week, Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 30th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela worked to fix the problem pointed out by Jae with the box and the TV, by adjusting the height. She also looked for the posters for the bedroom, and worked on the presentation by adding the posters and more details for the bathroom and on the cost analysis table. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 7th week working on the updated video internal and external walkthrough for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ranran checked the SketchUp model and imported it into Lumion for adjustment. Referring to the Lumion model, she modified some of the errors in the SketchUp model: material of the interior wall in the social dome according to the interior design plan and removed redundant handrails. In addition, Ranran had a meeting with Yuxi to discuss the location of the missing windows for the stair tower. After their meeting, Ranran added these missing windows to the SketchUp model. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is demonstrating community ecology 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 realized more work was needed on the behind-the-scenes research and content for the Chickens webpage. We corrected the Cost Analysis spreadsheet with updates to the cost of hardware for the chicken coop, added descriptions for some items, corrected the Incubation Parameters spreadsheet, and added a section with information and pictures about nesting boxes and creative ideas for DIY nesting boxes.
The core team also continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We completed one 3-Day menu block overview and 10 recipes through page 72. Primary considerations related to overall clarity of the recipes, certifying instructions and ingredients align with all inclusive items, proper substitutions for both vegan and omnivore menu options, some capitalization issues, addressing sodium content to reasonable amounts, noting scaling amounts of portions for both vegan and omnivore options, reviewing 1, 2, & 3 at bottom of recipes and adjusting proper substitutes for both menu plan options, monitoring protein amounts of vegan recipes, inserting both celsius and Fahrenheit oven temps, and upgrading meager ingredient amounts to accommodate our hard working team. Pictures below relate to this work.
Yifei Zhu (Analyst and Researcher) also completed her 11th week, now working on reviewing and formatting for publication the recipes for the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Yifei continued to work on converting the metric measurement to imperial for the Master recipe and 3-day Menu blocks, focusing on converting from tbsp to oz and from g to oz. Yifei worked from page 143 to 184. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is demonstrating community ecology 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 demonstrating community ecology 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 26 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 26th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan this week worked on the frontend UI for summary management. She created a new page you’ll see after clicking the Summary Management link. She also created a table for summary management with four variables: summary type, summary receiver, team member and action. She then fixed a bug where the pause/resume button was not possible to set to tomorrow as a reactivation day. See pictures below for some of this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 16th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya worked on reviewing PRs by checking the code, adding comments, etc. She looked into PR review by cloning the repo into local and then started running the application to analyze the work. She did this for PR 637 and PR 659, then started working on her new email component workflow. Pictures below are related to this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan Yau (Software Engineer) completed his 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Alan started to work on a fix to the problem when creating a duplicate name under user management and we didn’t warn and ask the user if he was sure that he wanted to create a duplicate. Alan created a new popup when the user was about to create a user with a duplicate name, and then he submitted a PR for this. He got some feedback on it and made some changes and is now waiting for it to be approved. Then he started to work on the fix for the total summaries PR. He found out that the way to solve the incorrect due dates problem was to simply start updating each user’s weekly summaries but this will only be solved after the PR is merged. Pictures below show some of this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang focused on working with the Team Member Tasks tab. The task is to add a 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours button on the Team Member Tasks tab for anyone to view these time entries. Kaixiang found the code for Team Member Tasks was not structured well, so he restructured the code, extracted reusable components into a separate file, and made the code more readable and cleaner. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) also completed her 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jianjun worked on correcting the spelling problem for the main branch to fix a bug with bluesquare counting. She took a look at a bug (delete, cancel then save the task in profile page) reported and left the comment. She also started working on the functionality for showing all tasks in the WBS page by clicking one button. It succeeds in certain workflows but needs more time to be fully implemented. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rajasri “RJ” Janaki Raman (React/MongoDB Full-stack Developer) completed her 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. RJ Worked on bug fix: Urgent Priority 1. She tested it completely on a local machine. 1 hour of work is still pending though. She also added a new low priority bug for the login component, fixed the misalignment of the project list when the name is very long as part of UP1, provided KT of infringement change task to Jianjun as part of task transfer, supported on coding-problems for less experienced team members and contributed in the Leadership Review team by reviewing PRs: #270, #656, #272, #657. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Johny worked on his new task, “Fix 100 hours total contributed badges bug” but is having a lot of difficulty finding where the bug is being generated. He also finished additions to the frontend PR for the task “change the role from user profile gets saved and updated on profile page but doesn’t reflect on other pages/ privileges”. Johny reported a new bug that he found related to the Badge Bug list too. Pictures below show some of this work.
Cali Huddleston (Software Developer) completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Cali, being only able to work on the project on 01/21/23 due to family reasons, refreshed her memory on JWT and how it’s used. She first watched her lecture from her Bootcamp course. Cali then went to look at JWT docs, wrote notes on the service and how it’s used. Afterwards, she looked at previous projects using JWT authentication to further her knowledge and gain confidence in tackling the bug. Now that Cali’s up to par and has refreshed her memory with JWT, she will be taking a look at the front end and back end configuration of JWT authentication. Pictures below show some of this work.
Said Rodrigues (Full Stack Developer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Said did a lot of improvements on the New Timer. First, he removed the Stopwatch mode, while leaving the possibility to use it in the future. This left only the Countdown mode. He also did a lot of UX and UI improvements to the Stopwatch with the help of Jae and the guys from timer-rebuild channel on Slack. These included: Buttons to add more time while the countdown is running; Buttons to remove time while the countdown is running; Buttons to do quick actions without popping up the countdown window; User can now open the Time Entry Log without stopping the timer; User can now add more time to the countdown in Time Entry Log; Added an alarm song when the countdown reaches 0; Adding mouseover text to not intuitive buttons; Countdown now has a maximum time allowed; Countdown now has a minimum time allowed; and a lot more of minor improvements. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Raul Effting (Jr. Front-End Web Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Raul continuously checked, reviewed, and replied to developers’ responses for PRs this week. Front PRs: 654 / 641 / 639 / 620 / 595 Back PRs: 270 / 266 Approved PRs front: 657 / 656 / 635 Approved PRs back: 272 / 270 / 267 He also started and finished work to “Make Names on the User Management page Command(Mac)/Control(PC) Clickable” and the PR (#659) was created and approved by others. Time was also spent testing Said’s timer. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Rafael C Castro (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. He had problems with the eslint/prettier installation and requested help to solve the issues and finally managed to solve them. Rafael tested the new timer component, suggested adjustments and reviewed the code. Rafael also reviewed different PR’s, as well as their code, following up for each PR afterwards. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Prabhjot Singh (Fullstack Software Engineer) joined the team and also completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. He finished somewhere between three and four PR reviews and helped test the timer rebuild too. He reviewed every piece of material so that he could provide a more accurate assessment, acquainted himself with a handful of the other members of the team, and says he is having an overall wonderful experience so far. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Ray Lee (Digital Creator) also helped create custom graphics for us to share each Lunar New Year. These graphics replace the heading on our website, as shown below.
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