Creating a sustainable world is possible if enough people want it. One Community sees the path to accomplishing this as making sustainability easy enough, affordable enough, and attractive enough to spread on its own. We’re designing and will build the first DIY-replicable teacher/demonstration hub to start the process.
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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 April 26th, 2020 edition (#370) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating a sustainable world 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 modeled a ceiling-mounted TV option for the Earthbag Village domes. This exact setup is already in use by one of our members and will save space for residents interested in a TV up to 65″. The ceiling mounted TV is lowered by remote and has an adjustable angle for optimized viewing from the bed, as shown below. Cost of the hardware is less than $70.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed week 24 as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was adding in the TV the core team modeled, creating a new dome view showing use of the fold-down table and benches, adding more objects to the bedrooms, removing the ladder in the student’s/visitor dome option, and updating the walkthrough to focus on additional requested views. You can see some screenshots of this below.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 21st week with the team and continued research for the Best Small and Large-scale Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options tutorials. This week, Oluyomi worked on the glass, plastic and paper waste processing sections. A major discovery during his work is the possibility to transform waste plastic into Fuel through a process known as Pyrolysis. The following additional details were added to the tutorials:
Our research continued and you can see some of the related work-in-progress in the picture below.
One Community is creating a sustainable world 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 updating the Duplicable City Center 3D model to match the updated floor plans and interior design details. This week we remodeled the door and began work on the furniture and polished concreted floor art in the Social Dome. You can see some of these updates below.
Alvaro Hernandez (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) also completed his 5th week as a member of the volunteer team. This week Alvaro continued with development of the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. Alvaro also finished the reviewing and refining process needed before publishing. This process included the optimization of images for the web pages, reviewing all the content created by the researcher, formatting updates to match existing web tutorials, initial publishing for feedback, and recording the time it took for each micro task to create data to see where time could be saved during the implementation of the various improvements. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is creating a sustainable world 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 began researching if we need to be concerned about CO2 levels in the Aquapini/Walipini structures. The questions we’re trying to answer are whether or not we have a CO2 deficiency in these closed-loop structures and/or if CO2 supplementation would be a good idea. You can see some of the results of this behind-the-scenes research below.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 22nd week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week he went through several redesigns and remodeling of the structure roof and exterior shell, changed columns and wall height, designed and modeled new roof supports and beams, designed and modeled new wall supports, modified the topo based on the new designs, performed a sun study for the new design, and calculated the angle of repose for the property soil type to berm behind structures’ back walls. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 84% complete with the structural details.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 20th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on the Preliminary climate battery design and the general layout of the pipe layers. He also worked on the thermal properties of SolaWrap to replace a double layer SolaWrap in the previous simulations. He additionally continued to work on 2D transient simulations of the aquapini and walipinis to account for the daily air temperature and solar heat variations for a greenhouse in Utah using SolaWrap as the ceiling material for the greenhouse. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is creating a sustainable world 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 74th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued work on the yellow room that covers the subject of Math and various empowering character traits. What you see here is Dan’s 9th round of additions to this room and the continued focus was adding learning books, tools, toys, and now “math objects” to the shelving on the left and right. With his latest additions, we’d say this room is now 99% complete.
Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week she reviewed the building code of Utah state, checked the minimum design requirements, and reduced the restrooms to 3 toilets. This will reduce construction material, energy consumption, and the budget. She also started to design the roof structure, provided 3 options and developed one of them. The updated design uses more repeated dimensions and elements to simplify the construction. Zebao then started to build the analysis model in 3D software to decide the critical elements for future design. We’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 1% complete.
One Community is creating a sustainable world 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 wrote the content for the Phased Rollout sections of the Permaculture Design Case Study section covering Society and Stewardship. This content will be used to complete these sections on the Phased Rollout Table. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
The core team also finished comprehensive updates to all three of our pages for funders. This included the Building a Better World page, Location Essentials page, and the Funding Options pages. Updates included simplification, reviewing and editing the information to match the latest Business Plan details, adding links to our Business Plan, and creating new social media images for all three pages. You can see some of these details below.
Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 14th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao worked on the “Notes” field of the TimeEntryForm. The placeholder and error message was modified and he successfully integrated the TinyMCEEditor as the rich text editor, so users will be able to apply a diversity of formats to the notes. This was able to be done using the same rich text editor as used in the (current) Ember app by integrating it locally without the API-key and access to TinyCloud.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) additionally completed his 13th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry changed the workflow and interface of WBS to be more user-friendly. He added tag colors to group tasks starting with the same WBS’s ID, drop downs to have a dynamic view of tasks, auto generated WBS’s ID to avoid mistakes, the estimated hours to now be calculated by the times we input in the other fields, and the toolbar will keep track of the task a person is working on. You can see some of this work below.
Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) also completed his 12th week as a member of the volunteer team working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Siddharth worked on the Blue Square Functionality on the mobile app. Now the user will see stars in blue color and the number of infringements will determine the number of stars with 5 being the highest. Siddharth also created an Admin section which would be visible only for an Admin and will let the Admin access all projects and all users. Siddharth also fixed a bug on the Modal which sometimes prevented the user confirmation appearing for tasks like Delete Project and Remove Project Member. You can see some of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 6th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen added the badge model in the database. Problems with the database left from last week were successfully solved this week. Wen did some research on CronJob, which will be used to check the criteria and assign badges. The Blue Square (vs Badges & Blue Badges) name issue took some time to figure out – digging into Sentry’s log and Shubhra’s legacy code on deleting the Blue Square. Now Wen moves on to improving the UI of the badge section and dashboard layout. Some screenshots of her work-in-progress are below.
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