Creating an abundant world through sustainability will benefit us all. We have the technology and ability to do this and address our generation’s greatest challenges. One Community is creating open source and free-shared community teacher/demonstration hub models and plans to form a global collaboration that will lead the way by demonstrating what is possible and how to replicate the models and components. They include 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 2nd, 2022 edition (#497) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating an abundant 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 continued creating the Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page. We completed a detailed review of the finished first draft of the page.
Then another core team continued updating the aircrete webpage based on that feedback. She updated formatting of the headings, converted heading titles to all caps, inserted an extra line before each heading title, added missing anchors, and recreated data tables in a spreadsheet and generated images of it to be placed on the site (instead of building the table there) so it will scale properly on phones and other devices.
The core team member managing the aircrete compression testing team created a task list for the new aircrete team. The tasks were broken down by week and addressed important questions around sustainable building materials. We also helped with the onboarding process of the new aircrete team, responded to comments on hub connector document, and made plans to address some with the input of a mechanical engineer.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 45th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela continued to focus on making correction and addition to the Flexible Pavement Design section. As Daniela had previously bolded any phrases that needed changing or more explanation, she had also left all the bolded section she knew would take longer to complete. Therefore Daniela focused on those bolded areas this week, researching more information or referring back to previous resources in order to better explain the narrative. She also added a term to the glossary in addition to downloading all the resources that had been used and incorporating them/linking them to the resources section of the Roadways Report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 28th 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 24th 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 communication with all the merchants he’d found in Alibaba, or introduced by previous merchants via sharing name card. After filtering information, results have been organized and he’s come to the conclusion that WTE solutions via incineration are not for small-scale applications. A minimum amount of 220 tons per month of waste seems to be what is needed. Merchants manufacturing incinerators have suggested use of small but non-WTE products, so a new approach has to be figured out. The next focus is research on outputs of smaller incinerators to explore ways to sustainably use them. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 4th 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 tutorial as planned. She researched and wrote the “Examples of countries with sustainable programs in place”, “Conclusion”, and “FAQs” sections. She also reviewed previous research and edited and rewrote the “Cost analysis examples” and “Upcoming challenges to WTE and how to get prepared” sections. Mercy then finished formatting the references list and saved copies of articles to her DropBox. See below for some pictures related to this work.
One Community is creating an abundant 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 61st week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis focused on the final touches for the narrative and concluded the research on chemical automation. There were a few loose ends to be wrapped up and now he’ll work with the website team to make adjustments on the information if needed for publication. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 50th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya finished updating the herb garden model. She accomplished the work of remodeling the edible flower’s gardens around the leaf garden to make sure it perfectly connects to the edge of the leaf garden and also modified the Plant Tag frame to match the new roads. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 49th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus updated the vehicle entry, column location, and server counter. She updated windows on the south, west, east, and north elevation and added other structural details according to the updated plans. She will send the master file to her supervisor for review this week, but still needs to work on section C_C. See pictures below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 45th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi assisted on window discussion and communication. The window made was test fit into the current model verifying its frame fit. The Greywater greenhouse pond was also further improved based on feedback. Instead of pumping water up to an elevation to create the cascading water effect, the pond now starts at ground level and we use gravity to create the same effect, which is more sustainable. A curb around the pond was added for water retainment and decorative purposes too. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 15th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela finished the bathroom of the room she’s been working on. She added more details at the Cost Analysis table, finished the second final render and started a third (that need adjustments that she will be working on her next week). Gabriela finished the bathroom presentation and also did a layout for the wall finishes installation. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 14th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Jessica inserted the window on the 3D model and did more research on references, to find furniture and new elements. She tried different models of chairs, lamps, beds, dressers and wardrobes, mixing them together to find a good visual result. The theme is Sunrise dream and she is working with sunset sky colors. The color palette is pink, blue, purple and golden for the metals. Elements like clouds, birds and abstract paintings will be essential. See below for some pictures of this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 4th week working on completing the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and now working on the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page too. Charles continued working on PDF comments/feedback for the Hub Connector page. He had a meeting with Jae to discuss issues with the page and made notes of the issues Jae brought up and spent a few hours resolving them. He moved text that was too long in captions, uploaded larger images and linked them to the corresponding smaller images, and corrected heading sizes, spacing, & capitalization. He also updated alt tags to contain more keywords and shortened the title tags and captions for images. Charles then started working on the Duplicable City Center Natural Pool and Spa page. He was directed to keep the current content and update from the corresponding Google Doc. Charles noted that the introduction was unchanged and that there were new sections starting with ECO-SPA Layout. He completed the sections through Control Panel to Pumps. He also noted that two of the images had the word therapeutic misspelled and that they needed to be corrected. See below for some pictures of this work.
Amanda Costa e Silva (Architectural Designer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week working on the dormer window designs for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week she completed her onboarding process, evaluated the designs in SketchUp 3D and realized the complexity may be beyond her abilities, then spent the rest of the week researching to confirm the code specifics we need to comply with were correct. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating an abundant 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 continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week we focused on addressing limited ingredients of recipes, balancing out ingredients with instructions where they were not mentioned in both, and asking for clarity when the omnivore and vegan recipes overlapped. Pictures below relate to this.
The core team also finished our part of the 3D SketchUp model for the animal area and greywater system area. We researched the amount of required water related to the size of water tower and then created the water tower in SketchUp with a maintenance access door in the base of it and the One Community logo on the upper part of the water tower. The team has agreed to remove this logo, but it was fun to see it in the renders.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 23rd week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn continued to produce more recipes for the Second Week Menu Block, specifically Second Week G menu block. She rescaled some recipes to adjust the proteins in already created recipes. Marilyn also adjusted old recipes on menu blocks according to comments and suggestions. She is in the process of readjusting recipes with complicated V/O proteins and expects to finish the Second Week menu blocks next week. The pictures below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Personal Assistant to Jae) completed her 4th week. This week, Julia worked on the “Master Recipe and 3-Day Menu Blocks” Google Doc and added “(V&O)” to necessary recipe ingredients in order to allow for more accurate calculations using the Master Recipe spreadsheet. While doing this, she updated the Master Recipe Spreadsheet with new ingredients and reviewed recipes on the Doc. Julia also checked through the web design feedback Dropbox PDF for the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and ensured feedback was appropriately integrated. She then went through the corresponding Google Doc and the webpage, making corrections for grammar and spelling mistakes and restructuring content for clearer communication to the reader. Julia updated the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage with her edits and corrected minor coding issues when necessary. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is creating an abundant 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. 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 an abundant 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 completed 21 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.
And core team team leader Jae also went to the San Gabriel river with Arthur and shot new video for updating the main intro/overview video on our homepage. Pictures below are from this shoot and giving feedback on which clips we should use vs. not use.
Chris Weilacker (Senior Software Engineer) completed his 40th week of formal contribution to the Highest Good Network software. Chris helped with a diversity of ongoing support for the team answering questions and helping with various emergency bugs. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 25th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yiyun put most of her time into enabling Eslint for the frontend repo. She read the Eslint documentation and added a couple rules in the Eslint configure file and finished the changes to the files in the “component” folder. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Yan wrote the email sender function for when a person reaches their final day. She wrote the draft code and tested the code by reference PR 146, but it did not work. She asked for help from another team member and is waiting for an answer. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 9th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur went to the San Gabriel River to shoot the content with Jae for a new intro video on the homepage. He then worked on syncing and selecting the best shots for Jae to choose, as well as starting to build the sound bites. He also worked on delivering and updating the Highest Good food video version 1 and fixing the other videos based on Jae’s feedback. See pictures below for some of this developing work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kaung made sure that the tasks that make a user move to the top of the user list were ones contained in the WBS. He also created functionality to sort the users in alphabetical order. The current user will still stay shown on top of the list when there is a task assigned to the user too. He then started studying code to work on his previous bug, “Dashboard → Click dot by person’s name in the Leaderboard”. See pictures below for some of this work.
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