Conscientious community creation is one possible foundation for global regeneration. One Community is supporting this through open source plans for a self-replicating prototype. It includes open source, sustainable, and DIY-replicable approaches to 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 October 11th, 2020 edition (#394) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is supporting conscientious community creation 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 last week Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #200 of Dean’s work and the focus was finally successfully adding the background sky to the model, a process that has included weeks of trouble shooting and now requires color corrections for most of the objects. Pictures showing some of the results and ongoing color-correction process are below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 27th week as a member of the team and finishing work on the Hydro Energy Setup and Maintenance tutorial. This week’s focus was embedding the videos and other final details, editing some tables after the team reviewed them for grammatical errors, and trouble shooting WordPress issues while embedding videos. Pictures below show some of his work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 11th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis added more illustrations portraying the cutting of the corrugated roof panels along with their installation and assembly process. He included the location of the roof fasteners in the diagrams, while also keeping track of the quantity which was added to the cost analysis and material list. A few of the assembled roof panels were cut in the illustrations in order to accommodate the roof access. A second layer, also known as the roof panel seals, was used in the plans to provide adequate sealing for the interior roof. This decision was made due to the geometry of the roof and the manner the panels were overlapping. The diagrams also depict how to install the top layer roof panels for a secure fit. The finished roof was then created using the assembled interior and exterior roofs, which included a top, bottom, and elevation view of the assembly. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) also completed her 10th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week’s focus was still working on getting the information correct for all measurements and board placement. The previous drawings are now incorrect because almost all measurements have changed since the first sketches were done, so keeping the consistency is important. Depicting the correct amount of pieces on the drawing and all correct components was her complete focus for this week’s wall section development, confirming everything with a member of the core team to clear up questions. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) also completed her 8th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial by revising the safety and center point establishment sections for the 3-Dome and 6-Dome Cluster. She updated CAD drawings to reflect current geometry, wrote DIY detailed descriptions, and began to research the necessary drainage system for the footer. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 3rd week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week Jingwei Jiang finished the initial planting list and vegetation choices. The initial Welcome Garden designs and the Eco-garden designs were also finished. The fruit/ food garden is still developing. Next week, she’ll continue the development of planting pallets and planting plan, settle species choices for shrubs, edge plants, root plants and vines. Pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
One Community is supporting conscientious community creation 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 Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) also completed her 5th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week she focused on creating the vent sewer system isometric diagram. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Mario Strachan (Aerospace Engineer) completed his 4th week working on the ground-based components of the City Center Water Catchment Design. This week Mario mainly read and did research on drain water pipe sizing and PVC. He looked at the codes to estimate a better pipe width for the pond. In order to transfer the collected rainwater to the designated pond, a pipe wide enough to hold the water must be selected. He chose to increase the pipe width to 10” based on the total amount of water we will be transporting. Pictures of some of this research are below.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 2nd week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design and updated video walkthrough. This week she continued working on the correction checklist and reading materials. You can see this list and some of the corrected areas below.
Lindy Bray (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 2nd week helping confirm and expand the research on the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc.. This week, Lindy began writing new entries on the sustainable flooring document for the new flooring companies that she added in the ranking last week. For this, she did some additional research and contacted companies (sustainableflooring.com and Capri Collections). Additionally, she updated the material entries for the sustainable flooring document to reflect the new rankings. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Keerthi Gopalakrishnan (Product Ideation Analyst) also joined the team and completed her first week helping with the sustainability benchmarking of various hardware companies. This week Keerthi started the market research on sustainability benchmarking standards, certification etc. and collected data of various companies for products and companies on our Toilets and Urinals research pages. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
One Community is supporting conscientious community creation 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 work on the open source chicken coop materials list by disassembling the complete chicken coop and laying it out to create the cut sheets shown below.
The core team began the final review and editing of the open source chicken coop materials list. This week’s focus was the equipment list and editing the first few pages of the instructions, some of which you can see below.
Sam’an Herman-Griffiths (Assistant Kitchen Manager) also completed his 3rd week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Sam’an created a couple recipes and the first round of feedback integration for the complete menu outline for 1 cycle of alternating vegan and omnivore meals based off of core food items of pasta, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and yams. You can see some of this work below.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 2nd week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week she focused on the large aquapini and zenpini structures. At first, she was thinking about how to create the new sitting areas and balance the existing production system. We’ve decided to eliminate the aquaponics from the center of this structure and just keeping the pond and water components along the North wall. Therefore, Jiayu adjusted the aquaponics area to include sitting areas. She also created a new sitting area in the zenpini. Using curved lines and creating new creative pavements with new sitting benches together is very significant in the zenpini. She did drawings in rhino and AutoCAD, redrawing the base map for both the aquapini and zenpini. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 2nd week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry worked on building a 3D model of Walipini #3 in SolidWorks based on drawings provided in the climate battery details document. He also started work on a flow simulation in SolidWorks to determine the effectiveness of the Walipini #3 current design. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and completed her first week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana focused on finding a way to calculate the burial depth that satisfies these two conditions: difference in (t_surface-t_underground) >10 F & t_underground = constant through the year. Her first instinct was to extrapolate the data and as she did so she realized it would not be as accurate as using a model and solving the heat equation. She was able to find a book from a professor from Oregon State that solves the heat equation and provides an example of a situation similar to ours. Below are her calculations using the data in the table located in her research. Now that she has verified that the models works for our system, she can write a script to find the temperature at different depths throughout the year.
One Community is supporting conscientious community creation 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:
This week Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) completed her 16th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week she helped with final edits to the Lumion model and completed the intial layout of the final presentation for this project. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Shuwei Liu(Landscape Designer) also completed her 15th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. Shuwei modified the Lumion model and tested out the connection part between the internal and external clips and then started to render the final walkthrough video.
One Community is supporting conscientious community creation 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 continued with week 2 updating of all pages connected to our Member Invitation pages. We continued with our detailed review of these pages and our business plan and finished about 90% of the review process, which you can see in the pictures below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 25th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week’s focus was promoting our project and the One Community helping page to newspapers, and Ross finished contacting every major one in the US. You can see below this last week’s list of who he contacted and a version of the press release he is sharing.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 18th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team completed the team and project assignment in the user profile. The administrator can now choose a Team and Project assignment for that user and save. The user will then be assigned to that project or team. Pictures of this new functionality are below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 20th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen has been trying using the Dropbox to store the badge images. She researched this and tried a few different approaches. The Dropbox links won’t work (yet). If we decide to use Dropbox for image storage, each public image address has to be manually copied and the url link will be added to our own database. If we can get this to work, the url link won’t consume much of our data quota, which is great! Some pictures are below of this work-in-progress.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 14th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi removed extra empty line under “Viewing time entries logged…” and centered the icon button on the popup. She also finished the icon popup in the Timelog Page by adding bullet point formatting.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris was able to complete Project Membership tests and worked on Project WBS/WBS task tests. He also did some code review on a pull request by Jun Hao. Pictures related to this work are below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jerry completed the necessary backend routes for TaskNotifications. The API is now capable of creating new notifications, querying all unread notifications for a particular user, and marking a specific notification as being read. He also started looking into having notifications be scheduled for deletion automatically a certain time period after being read. Next step will be having notifications be created automatically upon task info update. Following that, hew will work on a frontend component to display notifications. Pictures are below showing some of this work.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 9th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor worked on the specifics for Humana Healthcare. She also added two more plans for BlueCrossBlueShield that were worth considering. She sifted through the documents to find plans that were comparable to the plans of Molina and BlueCross and offered the same benefits. You can see some of this work below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) also completed his 7th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun first solved some issues that were addressed in the comment of his pull request last week. For solving the problems and for easier code maintenance in the future, Jun refactored part of the code of the UserProfile component. Jun then finished the feature for viewing total volunteering hours of a certain user in the UserProfile. You can see some of this work below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 4th week helping create the YouTube and social media graphics for these update blogs. This week Jaime continued creating images for the intro for upcoming youtube videos and blog. This week he created images for weekly progress updates #406, #407, #408 and #409. You can see these newly created images below.
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