Creating global cooperatives developing and evolving open source and free-shared sustainability plans for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, etc. is a path to a sustainable planet that will benefit humanity and all life. One Community calls this living and creating for “The Highest Good of All“.
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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 February 20th, 2022 edition (#465) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating global cooperatives 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 researched tools and materials items for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) domes, identifying proper photos without copyrights. We also wrote up an explanation for the WWF jig, a tarp cut to size to utilize as a pattern for creating, with bolt cutters, a circle from a square to fit the dome floors. The same team member also edited pages 63-90 of the chicken coop assembly doc, providing comments to existing SketchUp drawings and relocating all paragraphs within these pages to the tops of the photos instead of the bottoms.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 64th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey focused on updating several of the lumber cutting pages. She is adding the measurements and making sure all the boards and cutting places are spaced evenly and uniform throughout. The colors are also being revised on the plywood to match the coding system. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 33rd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping, Earthbag Village, and the final Aquapini & Walipini website updates. This week Daniela primarily focused on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report. She continued to read through the narrative currently posted on the website and was able to complete the reading by the end of the week. She wrote down comments on a separate document in order to ensure the changes suggested were necessary and did not interfere with one another. Daniela made sure that all links provided properly worked and made a small change to the roadways excel sheet. Additionally, Daniela reviewed all new comments posted for the documents she has been working on. Next week she plans to start off by commenting her notes/suggestions on to the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters and Parking Lot Report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 82nd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on the design of the rain barrel support structure for the Net-zero Bathroom. Based on availability, simplicity and longevity, unistrut channels were selected as the primary component to support the rain barrels. The unistruts were found in two types, one with slots on one face and the other with 9/16″ fastener holes on three sides. Jose Luis began comparing both types in terms of performance and cost by rendering them and running them through a static load simulation. Both unistruts displayed similar results in terms of strain and principal stresses, but the unistrut with fastener holes displayed more stress concentrations than the slotted unistrut. He then began researching different unistrut fittings to compare the effect they have on the performance and costs. The pictures below show some of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Dominick Banuelos (Civil Engineering Intern), Jarot Tamba (Civil Engineering Intern), John Paul D. Matining (Civil Engineer Intern), and Marcus Nguyen (Civil Engineering Intern) completed their 22nd week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week they worked on getting the instructions, materials, additional volunteer guidance, and work plan for the pre-run cylinders. The team had several meetings to discuss the overall objectives for the week, a meeting with their on-site supervisor to discuss the lab room access for the weekend and the amount of cylinders that will be stored in the lab room, and also a meeting with their One Community core team manager to discuss the plan for the pre-run cylinders. On Saturday the team picked up materials and made pre-run cylinders for concrete and light, standard, and heaviest aircrete. At the end of the pre-run cylinders, it was concluded that all the cylinders looked strong. Pictures below are related to this work.
Shreyas Dayanand (Battery Research Engineer) also completed his 20th week helping with the solar microgrid design specifics related to electric vehicles and battery sizing. This week he worked on the charging economics for electric vehicle installation. Shreyas has extensively researched and consolidated vital information on the different equipment required to set up charging stations, transformers, and the economics for the equipment. He has also continued to edit the document for picture alignment, clarity, and general proofreading. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 13th week helping with web design, this week focusing on the Tools and Equipment page. This week Yuran added missing tools and updated the page with anchor links too. She also checked all the feedback and requested edits and the SEO at the bottom. Yuran then worked on updating the staging version of the Rainwater Harvesting, Water Catchment, and Swale Building Open Source Hub and Portal with the latest design content and feedback and added both pages to the webpage checking spreadsheet and checked all details there. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating global cooperatives 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 started working with the Duplicable City Center 3D model to create the outer layer of the Living Dome with walls 12 3/8” thickness. The same team member also finished with the Cost Analysis Spreadsheet for the Sheep Barn according to the latest updates. She updated some labels and added the starting number of sheep and provided the maximum sheep capacity for the designed barn size. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 38th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis focused on getting energy budget estimates for the City Center Spa design. The numbers were derived through the voltage and amperage requirements of each component in the system. Once these values were located, Luis was able to calculate the maximum wattage for the spa system. Through CAD simulations and heat transfer calculations, he will be able to update the energy usage of the spa for maximum and minimum daily requirements. This will all be completed simultaneously with the modification of the website documentation for the design justifications. Pictures below are related to this work.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 33rd week helping, now focused on content related to the Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank worked on the energy demand for the City Center. He reviewed the energy input and checked for differences between the actual numbers and the ones presented in the energy balance spreadsheet. The City Center items are now double-checked, with the exception of the pump and spa. The pictures below relate to this.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 30th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus completed the section G_G. She added walls, columns and furniture according to the newest floor and basement plans. See pictures below.
Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 25th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. This week was more like a trial for Carlos. He spent a good amount of time testing and exporting the furniture, all with no problem exporting only the wood objects. However, when it came to the screws and mending plates the program just crashed over and over. Carlos successfully exported the chair, with all its components. He plans to ask a friend for a tip when exporting complex meshes like screws. The most complex of them all is the bed and wardrobe so once he achieves this goal it will save a lot of time. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 21st week working on Duplicable City Center updates, now focused on the City Center Lighting updates. This week she updated the dormer and walls in the AutoCAD file since the diameter of domes became larger. She also updated the wall and dome sections, looked through the window detail, and worked on the elevations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 20th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she focused on fixing the size of the entrance doors on the first floor according to the door and window schedule, modeling the windows on the fourth floor according to the old SketchUp model, and using Rhino to model the railings on the fourth floor to match the interior design plan and then import them back to SketchUp. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 18th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi met with the team to discuss the open roof area on the Living Dome. It occurred to the team that roofing depth is typically deeper and requires more room on the top floor. As a result, it was determined that the 3D model required an actual measurement and the information was still missing. Yuxi continued to research the roofing details to determine the actual roof thickness. Based on the master plan and research, a few sketches were developed and will serve as discussion material for next week. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 9th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj worked on adding the 2-bracket layered assembly and the 3-bracket layered assembly. He also added the center ring to the angled beams and performed Finite Element Analysis on each of these models to check the maximum stresses on the V brackets. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating global cooperatives 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 edited and consolidated the Aquapini & Walipini design document and website, reconciled comments and added new comments to continue improving the writeup, and updated the numbers for rainwater catchment, as well as external pond requirements. They also had their weekly meetings with the Compression Testing Team and the Center Hub Connector Team and reviewed and revised the Compression Testing Team’s experimental plan. The pictures below relate to this work.
And the core team worked on finishing our big Permaculture Design case study for our planned property. This week we added more planting plan details to the swales section, resized and replanned the tree planting plan around the City Center based on their actual average canopy size, and added other graphic details.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 72nd week volunteering, finishing her work with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng integrated final edit requests and exported all her files for integration into our website. Pictures below show the final files.
Anna Cheal (Culinary Nutritionist) also completed her 10th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Anna completed 5 recipes: Beef Bolognese, Crispy Feta Tacos with Feta Slaw, Mongolian Beef and Broccoli, Butternut Squash Stew, and Southwest Sweet Potato Skillet. Anna continued creating her 2-week menu, assigned by Brian. So far she’s completed 3/4 of the menu, and is now filling in the gaps by developing new recipes. The pictures below relate to this work.
Maya Callahan (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 6th week helping with research and web design, now focused on final review and edits to the DIY Permaculture Design staging page. This week, Maya continued proofreading the Open Source DIY Permaculture webpage. She added hyperlinks to a few sections where they were not added yet, made sure they had the necessary hover text and opened in the correct tab. Any outside sources, such as articles, were backed up to a dropbox folder in a PDF format. After proofreading most of the content on this webpage, she went back through to make sure that all of the media on the page was properly justified and had the right spacing. Any errors Maya found were fixed unless additional feedback was needed; in this case, she commented on the Permaculture Page Content Google Document and made changes based on the feedback. The pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating global cooperatives 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 global cooperatives 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 24 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenko (Graphic Designer) completed her 27th week, now working icon images for the Highest Good Network software. This week she focused on working on the last improvements/edits needed for the economics icons. Alex submitted the final version of icons number six and seven, and finalized and submitted for review icons number two, four, and five based on the feedback from the previous week. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rachit Joshi (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rachit worked on integrating suggestions from Jae into the visualizations component. He completed separating visualizations into pure components so that they are reusable across the application. This also made it possible to redraw the graphs without triggering a re-render. Rachit also made onClick functionality for visualizations work with the modal, and these are displaying extended information about the data point for right now. The pictures below relate to this work.
Irene Clare (Full Stack Developer) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Irene downloaded the studio 3T IDE tool for MongoDB and completed the database setup. She also reviewed and approved a few PR’s and provided comments. Later Irene worked on the timer issue and debugged the functionality, reported her observations, and began working on structuring the reports page. The pictures below relate to this work.
Gary Almes (Full Stack Developer) joined the team and also completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Most of Gary’s time this week was spent getting up and running and getting familiar with the code. He created an account for himself on the Dev database using the app UI, but it gave him the role of Volunteer, and he didn’t realize that right away, so he wasn’t seeing all the Admin screens as he should. He also spent time watching Jerry’s (past software engineer) videos and is about halfway through them, and began making a Trello board to help him organize my thoughts on what needs to get done for the Management component. The pictures below relate to this work.
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