Open source sustainability means creating something good for everyone. Expanding open sourcing and free-sharing sustainability beyond food, energy, and housing to also include education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices is even better. One Community is an all-volunteer nonprofit developing all of these in support of a global collaboration for The Highest Good of all people and life on our planet.
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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 August 27th, 2017 edition (#231) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
CREATING SOMETHING GOOD FOR EVERYONE INTRO: @0:34
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @5:36
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @8:53
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @10:10
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @10:40
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @11:28
CREATING SOMETHING GOOD FOR EVERYONE SUMMARY: @12:46
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One Community is creating something good for everyone 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 updating the images and formatting for the Earthbag Village Communal Eco-shower page, separating out the different designs and adding several new sections. You can see some of this work here.
Related to this, we also updated the complete thermostatic mixing valve page. You can see some of the updated page here.
The core team additionally continued Sketchup design for the open source outdoor areas of the Recycled Materials Village (Pod 6). We designed a cable spool table with seats, and finished designing the bench with roof and bookshelves. The team also began designing a table with a bench made from tires. The top-right picture inspired the idea.
In addition to this, the core team continued development of the two Tree House Village (Pod 7) renders shown here, updating trees, adding people, and other aesthetic elements.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineering Masters Student) completed his 4th week with us by conducting additional Earthbag Village construction research. This week’s focus was more french drain and water proofing research and you can see a summary of the findings so far here.
And Christian Ojeda(Mechatronic Engineer) completed his 24th week helping with the plumbing details for the heat-recycling Communal Eco-shower, Vermiculture Bathroom, and Net-zero Communal Bathroom Designs. This week’s work on the plumbing was focused on the water heater details, integration of the rainwater collection system, and other minor changes. This brings us to 90% complete with the plumbing for the whole Earthbag Village.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping us create quality Cob Village (Pod 3) renders. Here is update 81 of Dean’s work, continuing to test and develop the lighting from the skylights and windows for the central dining and presentation hall.
Hamilton Mateca (AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer) also finished his 52nd week helping with the Compressed Earth Block Village design and render details. This week’s focus was finishing this final high-quality render for the East-wing office spaces, which you can see here and is now also added to the website.
Aparna Tandon (Architect) continued her work on the Compressed Earth Block Village external elements. What you see here is her 31st week of work, focusing on 3D Sketchup development of the central area between the North and South residential wings, plus zones 12 and 14 by the East offices.
Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) continued helping with the Tree House Village (Pod 7) renders. This week he made final changes and ran the final master render for the village, which you can see here.
Samantha Robinson (3D Designer) completed her 4th week working on the interior design for the living structure of the Tree House Village (Pod 7). This week’s focus, as shown here, was mostly work on the staircase, 2nd floor door, and light design.
One Community is creating something good for everyone 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 added the final updated header and social media images to the Pipe Furniture page and shared it for the first time across social media.
Haoxuan “Hayes” Lei (Structural Engineer) continued work on the City Center structural engineering tutorial. What you see here is his 4th week of writing content. This week’s content focus was exposure and topographic considerations.
Dipti Dhondarkar, (Electrical Engineer) continued with her 47th week of work on the lighting specifics for the City Center. This week’s focus was adding the loft-overhang accent lights and updating the table lamps and bulbs to better match those we’ll be actually using.
Aravind Vasudevan: (Mechanical Engineer) and Vamsi Pulugurtha (Mechanical Engineer) also continued work on their thermal lag and climate battery research and reports for the City Center Heating and Cooling open source hub. What you see here are pictures from our weekly collaborative call and some of their work on the fan and heat transfer calculations.
One Community is creating something good for everyone 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 last week the core team continued editing the food pages. We created these images for the Food Procurement and Storage Plan and Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan pages, as you see here.
One Community is creating something good for everyone 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 week, the core team continued the process of a final proofreading and editing of all 52 lesson plans. This week we completed the Diversity Lesson Plan and the Caring and Kindness Lesson Plan. This brings us to 48 of 52 finished, which is 92.3% completion.
The core team also completed the draft of the Orff page, and reviewed and reedited the Reggio, Waldorf behind-the-scenes content and began work on the additional Multi-intelligences research and content.
One Community is creating something good for everyone 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 last week the core team invested several more hours developing the graphic showing where all our collaborators and volunteers are from. The focus was adding and organizing what will be the first wave of images that will appear. This information will be featured in our overview video and on the Team page. You can see here this work in progress.
In addition to this, Sowmya Manohar (Software Engineer, Web Developer & Net Application Developer) working on the Highest Good Network software, finished coding in Express.js for retrieving data from MongoDB based on a specific id. Priti Kothari (Information Technology Enthusiast) also completed her 2nd week helping with this part of the project by finishing version 1.0 of the Leaderboard element, and Neha Verma (Software Development Manager) finished her 2nd week helping with this component by finishing implementation of the time log widget. Snapshots of all of this work are shown here.
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