Creating a meaningful life is challenging when basic survival needs aren’t being met. One Community is creating open source and sustainable food, energy, and housing plans to address this. We see open source and sustainable plans for education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices as part of the solution too.
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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 30th, 2022 edition (#501) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a meaningful life 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 guided the team to complete preliminary experiments to test soft water as opposed to hard water when making foam, as well as helped with a materials list and items to order, and compared compression testing results of cylinders that had cured for 220 days. The same team member also continued to address comments in the city center hub connector final document and the aircrete final report from the original team. Pictures below are related to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 65th week. This week Luis continued his transition to his new projects, the Net-zero Bathroom calculations and the Solar Sizing Energy Balancing. He has been able to assist with some smaller tasks on these projects in the past, but he is looking to expand his role and become involved in the narrative integration to the website for each. Luis wrapped up his smaller tasks and began familiarizing himself with all of the project details by reading old summaries and analyzing the spreadsheet data, mainly for the Solar Sizing Design. Next week he will continue to review the project’s details and begin updating the documents for consistency, content, and other potential edits. Pictures below are related to this work.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 49th week, returning to work on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial. This week Daniela continued to review and respond to all the comments on the Flexible Pavement Design section. She researched more in-depth to explain concepts better, reviewed her previous resources in order to understand where her information was coming from and to figure out what needed to be analyzed better, and added to the narrative and moved around paragraphs based on the comments. Definitions were added to the glossary and Daniela figured out ways to clarify what she was trying to portray. By the end of the week she responded to all comments, but left a few of the comments she knew would take more research and writing. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 32nd week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 28th 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 completed routine exploration of small-scale facilities on Alibaba. The obstacle is still the same as before: limitation of treatment types and scales in the same facility. This week most replies were for plants for agricultural purposes (not elaborated in description, but he learned from conversations), so they were not considered. The good news is, some sellers have suggested some questions regarding our demand, after answering my basic inquiry questions, so the conversations will continue. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 9th week with the team. This week, Julia continued to review and edit content of the “Flexible Pavement Design” section on the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial” Google Doc. She addressed, added, and resolved comments as needed throughout this review process. Julia then addressed and reviewed comments on the Feedback PDF for the “Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More” webpage and made coding updates on the live webpage accordingly. She also began to review and edit the grammar and spelling of the content on the web page itself. Also this week, Julia spent time reviewing the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF, using the comments to recommend various visual and graphic edits. Below are some images related to this work.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 8th 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 finished the non-recyclables tutorials. She researched methods and plants for mixed and composite material products, wrote the related section, and filled in the Alibaba table. Mercy edited the content to switch the focus on non-recyclables recycling and waste-to-energy solutions. She also organized the references and downloaded the pdfs of referenced articles. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 7th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip mainly worked on the ‘Best windows’ tab. Apart from the final section, this research is also complete, even though thorough proofreading still needs to be done. Collecting all the documents and researching other options to add to give a more complete overview were the main tasks this week. See below for some pictures of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 3rd week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week they got help from a member of the previous team and learned how to make foam. They completed a handful of tests and mixed a batch of foam utilizing the distilled water, and found that the foam made with soft water appeared to be more dense, other than that, both soft and hard water foam held up well. The team also finished doing the compression testing from last year’s molds, and created a data sheet with all the compressions and included images for each mold that was tested. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a meaningful life 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 continued creating the 3D SketchUp model for the City Center dormer framing. We continued working with the design of the 3D model for the framing of the second floor dormer. This included modeling rafter tails for the dormer roof, roof rakes (two on each side), fascia boards and framing for the siding support. We also researched SketchUp Extension software “SketchUp STL” that will export SketchUp files into .stl format for further use in SolidWorks and used the SketchUp first floor model to create an exploded version of the model, then exported it in .stl format for further work in SolidWorks by a new Industrial Designer volunteer who just joined the team. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 53rd week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on detailing the cupola roof. She added different layers to the roof to receive the desired R-value, added the joint details, and started working on the roof section view to show R-value and define the roof layers. See pictures below.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 18th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Jessica searched for types and colors of wood to apply on the sunset panel. She changed the wallpaper on the roof for a warmer color that would match better with the wood panel. She also replaced and rearranged some furniture and colors. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 18th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela worked on the improvements requested by Jae. These included changing the carpet to a recovered hardwood, adding a drop-down TV on the ceiling, a surround sound system, and a new option for the pull-out sofa. She worked a bit on the cost analysis table too, adding a few more items and editing the new sofa. Gabriela then ran a couple of renders to test the lights and materials. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a meaningful life 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 detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We reviewed more recipes through page 170 on the 3-Day Menu Block doc providing comments regarding some of the ingredients relating to the omnivore and vegan options of the same recipe and answering comments related to our previous comments.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 26th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started with adjusting recipes and making corrections on meals on old menu blocks based on comments and suggestions. She continued to develop recipes for the second week menu blocks taking into consideration suggestions for vegan/omnivore proteins and has concluded the meals for the second week menu blocks ending with the Second Week H menu block. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is creating a meaningful life 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 meaningful life 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 19 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 getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also completed another 18 hours of reviewing, giving feedback, and creating imagery and video for the new overview video (and other videos) Arthur is developing. The pictures below show some of this review work.
Here are some of the images we created for the new video updates:
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 29th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun worked on wrapping up Eiki’s PRs. She went through Eiki’s DropBox folders and figured out his implementation logic, created a plan to split his huge frontend PR into three or four small ones, and raised the first one for review. Once the first PR is approved and merged, she will create more. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 16th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yan push a PR #202, it is now possible to send an email to the Admin’s gmail when a user passes the final day. She also re-organized the user management page look. Although she has completed the set final day button for the view profile page, there are lots of differences between the profile page and the user management for the set final day button. As of now the button is able to set up the final day and patch the last date to the database, but it is not able to delete the final day which is related to the react hook and props problem. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 13th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur worked on updating the Main Page Video, Highest Good Education Video, the weekly background video, and he started a new Ultimate Classroom video labeling task. The main page video is almost done. Putting in the images is all that’s needed. The Highest Good education video is almost ready to export too. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaung joined the Management Dashboard team. He was assigned a task to create a “mark as done” button for admins and owners. He started off with reading and understanding the new function document. Kaung then started working on displaying a “mark as done” button for only the admins and the owners. Then he realized that tasks are divided into “not started”, “started” and “complete” categories. And those with complete categories should not be marked as done so he created a way to display if the button is done or not. He plans to let the other team members know later on about this change. The looks are good but he still needs to implement a function for the buttons to interact with the backend. Kaung also did a PR review for the wbs page but he did not approve it as he wants other team members to confirm it too. See pictures below for some of this work.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Bruce discussed with Jae a new way to crawl the team page to get all the images and names from each person. Jae refactored the pages to help and Bruce also refactored the functionality of crawling the web page and added the feature of extracting the date on which the image was uploaded. He also extracted the first name and last name of each person. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kevin continued looking into the code to understand what is going on with the frontend code with the badge system and to track what occurs when trying to delete a badge. As listed from last week, Kevin found the delete function was working properly but the user profile component was getting stale data. Kevin fixed this by updating the user profile and passing in a function from user profile that ‘saves’ the page, to properly update all data and refresh with the correct data. He also fixed the user profile badge system to properly update the featured badges list when assigning user new badges. This process was much of the same with deleting the badges, so Kevin pretty much called the same function. Kevin additionally fixed deleted badges counting toward the max of 5 featured badges, this involved decrementing the featured badges counter when deleting a featured badge. He also did a PR review of a backend commit of reverting to the old timer system and pushed his PR fix to the badge system. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Front End Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Guilherme changed about 34 files that were using the hasPermission function, but he had some bugs, and not all tests are working right now. He started to modify some tests, adding to the mockStates and mockAdminState the rolesMockup, since it’s a new addition that affects all these components. Guilherme also started to think about the relation about back-end and front-end permissions, including some solutions to this case in the google drive file. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, no new functionality was added. The filter to eliminate duplicate badges isn’t working as intended. The values passed between the components are difficult to pinpoint. How a badge that is a lower streak is still shown in the badgeCollection even after getting a better higher streak is still unknown. Pictures below relate to this work.
Alisson Rubas (Full Stack Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This past week, Alisson spent his volunteer time studying the users’ authorization roles to try to figure out the best way to fix his bug. Some of his approaches were reading articles, watching videos, and consulting with more experienced devs. As it was requested by Jae, Alisson put the CSS changes from last week back as they were. Pictures below relate to this work.
Vivian Baik (Software Engineer and Project Team Leader) also joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In addition to getting acquainted with the existing HGN Phase 1 software, she started to develop a user stories flowchart for the HGN Phase 2 which is a material, equipment and tool (MET) tracking web application. Vivian also started to develop wireframes for the main project dashboard and form for adding materials. See pictures below for some of this work.
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