Creating a cooperative society is easier when everyone’s basic needs are met. It is more likely for people to help others when they aren’t struggling to survive. One Community is open source sharing all the tools, tutorials, and resources necessary to build and maintain teacher/demonstration hubs that will meet the basic needs of all residents while further evolving the instructions and resources needed to build even easier and better hubs.
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 27th, 2020 edition (#405) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a cooperative society 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 continued working on the Most Sustainable Flooring Materials page. This week we completed another draft of the sustainable floors ranking infogram, finished looking for and editing the images for each flooring types, and completed more editing based on the “website edition checklist”. Pictures below show some of this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #207 of Dean’s work and the focus was these two final external-view renders showing the patio looking East and the top-down view looking Northeast.
This week Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 23rd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis measured the clearance between the bottom tier rain barrels and the base the top tier rain barrels rest on. Sufficient clearance is important to simplify the process of removing and replacing a barrel. The clearance was measured to be roughly 3” which was determined to be sufficient. The review was conducted because the rain barrel support structure was modified for packaging reasons. The modifications involved shortening the columns to lower the structure. The structure was re-analyzed to calculate the maximum buckling load the columns could withstand. The base the barrels rest on was not changed, leaving the stresses to be constant in the base. The load was calculated using Euler’s Column Formula which calculated a maximum load of 18,000 pounds per column when structural wood was used. The weight of a pair of full barrels is 1012 pounds, much less than the 18,000 pounds the columns can withstand. He continued creating diagrams on AutoCAD to illustrate more details on the interior roof panel installation along with the positions of the roof fasteners. These illustrations were added to the “Roof Panel Installation” section of the Net-Zero Bathroom tutorial draft. A section was started explaining how to construct the roof frame. Adding this section will clarify and expand instructions explaining the construction of the Net-Zero Bathroom roof. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 20th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey started to lay out the cutting pages and the wood placement for all the groups. She’s just doing a rough layout now to make everything as consistent as possible. Most of the wood in the key was already sized proportionally, so it is not too difficult to estimate the layout on a 4×8’ board. This process will add more pages to the layout but in some groups it won’t be as extensive as once thought. She thinks by next week she will be able to submit another pdf for comments with most of the cutting pages and including electric pages. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 18th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Earthbag Village dome construction by working on the updated dome loft design. She updated all relevant CAD and construction drawings to be used for Sketchup modeling, and edited the spreadsheet to reflect the design changes to strengthen the capacity of the loft. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Alvin Anggito (BS Civil Engineering) completed his 5th week working on the Communal Eco-shower structure. This week Alvin completed the initial foundation plan and began work on the report explaining the designs. The pictures below show examples of some of this work.
One Community is creating a cooperative society 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) completed her 15th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia updated the hot water calculations and created the plan for the engineering room in the basement. Pictures below show some of this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 12th week helping with the Duplicable City Center, now focused solely on the landscaping design. Qiuheng continued to research water management and planting design. She researched possible plants. She also sketched some drafts for planting design based on three layers: ground layer, understory layer, and canopy layer. The planting design will conform to the form of the structures and utilize the stones on site. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
And Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 3rd week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week Ian concentrated on the geometry, fenestration and openings of the building. He carefully modeled the building in the EnergyPlus/DesignBuilder to achieve accurate results. Ian almost completed the outer geometry and is currently in the process of completing the inner geometry with corresponding thermal blocks and thermal zones. Pictures below show some of this modeling work.
One Community is creating a cooperative society 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 rewriting/finalizing the chicken coop doc step-by-step instructions. This week we viewed 2 wall layout videos and extracted the key points on the coop Google Doc, adding one into the wall layout narrative. We then integrated what we learned as edits and revisions. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team additionally continued work on the Herbal Garden design and gardens that will be behind the Duplicable City Center kitchen. We set up the garden with three entry gates and a perimeter path, added dimensions for the garden area, designed the key-bed sections, and started working on a leaf-shaped garden section. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 13th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu added the ADA ramps, stairs with handicap railings, and made the structure’s glazing support components in Rhino. She also adjusted the people in Lumion and added more vegetation. The model is becoming too large to work with in either Rhino or Lumion, so we’re seeking solutions to that. The following images show some of this latest development.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 13th week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week, Jingwei finished the planting list, AutoCAD and SketchUp models. Pictures below show the final versions of these.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 12th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry attempted to find a solution to the inlet air condition matlab code he has been working on. Unfortunately, he has yet to find an answer to that problem. He also worked on another approach involving average temperature to find a value that would best reflect common operating conditions. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 11th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana worked on the SimScale flow and heat transfer simulations. The program requires a fluid volume extraction in order to conduct a flow/heat transfer simulation. Diana read through tutorials to learn how to do this. When creating a fluid volume extraction, an error occurred because there was a space between two manifold tubes. She fixed the design by increasing the diameter from 14.5in to 18in. Diana was then able to create a fluid volume extraction and attempted to run a simulation but it failed. After many attempts of changing the simulation set up and the reading through forums she came to realize there may be an issue with mesh. In the mesh there are indents that may be causing the simulation to fail. Diana decided to change the design so the tubes and manifolds are flushed, thus removing this indent in the mesh. She will conduct simulations on this new design. The pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is creating a cooperative society 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 a cooperative society 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 17 hours managing One Community emails, social media accounts, interviewing potential new volunteer team members, and managing volunteer-work review and collaboration not mentioned elsewhere here.
The core team also continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we finished adding all the imagery and finalizing about 50% of the content and formatting. You can see some pictures of this behind-the-scenes work below.
The core team also completed our 2nd week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week we finished edits to the value of Love and Compassion, improving readability from ‘needs improvements’ to ‘good’. As part of this, we decided that ‘Love and Compassion’ was a better title than ‘Love and Connection’, because Connection falls under the value of Community. We also fixed anchors that were placed incorrectly and began reviewing the next value: “Consensus”, to improve readability (currently at ‘needs improvement’). Pictures below show some of these updates.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 43rd week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry worked on both the front-end and back-end for the new feature “popup editor.” Users can edit the popup then save it to the database. He integrated TinyMCE into the editor so users can change the text format or break the line easier. He also started thinking about how to add a reminder for each popup so the user can restore it. Also the ability to have a link that takes the user to the page where the popup is. Pictures related to this work are below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 30th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen continued debugging, and worked with Chris on reviewing new PRs. The development branch runs ok now on both their local machines, but crashes after it’s deployed. Wen also began working on the badge assignment. She designed the workflow of the badge management and created the skeleton of badge assignment functionality. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 19th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor began research on the Medical Provider Network. She researched the steps that should be taken to establish an efficient network. She then began connecting it to the plans chosen by showing which plans provide the most freedom in a network and what each type of plan typically entails in a network. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 17th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jerry changed the color and fill-up rate for progress bars based on last week’s feedback and implemented showing different notifications depending on user role. Pictures are below show some of this work.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 15th week working on the Highest Good Network software. Chris worked on having the weekly summary popup into the dashboard above the timelog rather than popup as a modal. He also made it so that the page jumps to the weekly summary on a mobile device as you toggle it. Chris also went over a few pull requests. You can see some pictures related to this below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 14th week helping with various graphic design work for the project, continuing this week working on the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week he corrected all the 40 hour streak files and the 50 hours streak ones. He finished the badges for the 50 hours streak and started the badges for the 60 hours streak. Pictures of the updated and new badges are below.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) completed his 3rd week also helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week Robert finished the Highest Good Housing badges and moved on to creating the Highest Good Food Badges. You can see pictures of these new designs developing below.
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