Let’s talk about eco-communities, COVID-19 and other potential pandemics. In this week’s video we discuss how we expect people living in environments like One Community would be happier, healthier, and safer than most of the rest of the world right now. The discussion includes what pandemic preparation, mitigation, containment, and recovery would look like in a “Highest Good of All” living environment like One Community.
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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 5th, 2020 edition (#367) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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Thinking about Eco-communities, COVID-19 and Other Potential Pandemics, One Community is developing comprehensive community models with 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 developing the open source permaculture design content with a focus on completing the Energy, Housing, and Education Infrastructure details of the Phased Rollout Table shown below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #184 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was texturing another dome, texturing the door for the main entry, and the door access to the hot tub area. You can see pictures of these updates below.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed week 21 as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was closing all the village doors, changing the video timing, adding more interior details to the Tropical Atrium, and adding textures, people, and other details to the furnished interior views of the living structures. You can see some of the screenshots from the updated walkthrough here.
Thinking about Eco-communities, COVID-19 and Other Potential Pandemics, One Community is developing comprehensive community models with 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 finished adding all the best water-saving faucet accessories we could find to the Most Sustainable Faucets and Faucet Accessories page. We also added Amazon links for all the products they sell, allowing easy access for reading reviews and purchasing. This completes this tutorial.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 7th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week Radhieka started benchmarking the types of flooring to better assign ranks to them. She researched into the manufacturing process and installation process to evaluate the carbon footprint for each and also added important updates to the descriptions as well. She did this for Cork, Linoleum, Bamboo, Tiles, Concrete, and Carpet, and slightly updated the introduction as well. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Thinking about Eco-communities, COVID-19 and Other Potential Pandemics, One Community is developing comprehensive community models with 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 rabbits and compiling our findings on the behind-the-scenes research Google Doc. This week’s focus was researching rabbit food options, hutches and runs. We will construct our own hutches and runs. Most runs available for purchase are not very sturdy. We will build to the quality of our other fencing with regards to the rabbit exercise area.
The core team also continued working on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week’s focus was more work on the door assembly instructions. Specifically, finishing pages 50-55: “Step 13. Installing a Door Handle and Door Latch” and finishing fixing the hinge problem we identified last week and included in 42 though 49 of the instructions. We’d say we’re now about 91% done with these plans.
This week Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 19th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details and now working on the structural engineering details. This week he finished editing the architectural model, finished editing the site plan to align with the modified architectural drawings, edited the plumping model to match the modified architectural model, added access to the structures, added steel columns and isolated footing to the structures, researched roof structural systems, and steel columns prices. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below showing completion of the civil engineering details and we’d say we’re now about 65% complete with the structural details also.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 17th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali continued the transient 2D simulations of the aquapinis and walipinis in Utah considering the effect of climate batteries based on the previously evaluated transient boundary conditions for more months of the year. He also worked on developing a simple-to-use thermal model to capture the temperature variations of the inside air under different weather conditions and different used materials. You can see some of this work below.
Thinking about Eco-communities, COVID-19 and Other Potential Pandemics, One Community is developing comprehensive community models with 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 71st week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued work on the yellow room. This room is about the subject of Math and various empowering character traits. What you see here is Dan’s 6th round additions focused on finding and adding more learning aids and books to the shelving, plus the plant on the right. This brings this room to about 90% complete.
Thinking about Eco-communities, COVID-19 and Other Potential Pandemics, One Community is developing comprehensive community models with 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 Henry Ng (React Developer) completed his 9th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry returned to building the API for adding tasks to the Work Breakdown Structure by using the WBS ID. This is so the tasks will load to the interface and be sorted by IDs. The data is displayed as icons, and buttons are used to send quick information to the users. New mouseover text shows what each button represents also. You can see some of this work below.
Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) also completed his 9th week as a member of the volunteer team also working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Siddharth worked on the Modal component of react native mobile app. Now one Modal can be reused across the app changing message texts and button values for tasks which require user confirmation. He also looked into Google Sheets API for using data (alerts) that can be read from a spreadsheet and displayed on the website and time tracking tool portal and mobile application. You can see some of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 3rd week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen helped finalize the HGN Functionality Documentation. She also completed the 2nd-to-final drafts of the HGN React Design Doc, Workflow and Github Doc, and Codebase Rules & Conventions Doc.
And Alvaro Hernandez (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 2nd week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Alvaro made his first pull request to fix a small error, started to work on a unit test for the leaderboard, started a new doc to document code and command formatting, and another one to explore a style template for documentation. He also helped with feedback on all the other Documentation docs. You can see some of this work below.
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