Let’s talk about eco-renovating our collaborative models. Right now it seems most of society is founded more on competition than collaboration. What if we changed that focus to be cooperative instead, and built it on a foundation of logical sustainability for the benefit of all people and life on the planet? One Community is open sourcing and free sharing the necessary plans to do exactly this, and we’re designing it to be self-replicating.
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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 18th, 2020 edition (#395) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is eco-renovating our collaborative models 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 review and development of our behind-the-scenes Earthbag Village construction tutorials. This week’s focus was editing footer, foundation, and flooring details covering Center Point Establishment for the central patio and 3 & 6-dome earthbag clusters on pages 11-22 of our FFF Google Doc. Some pictures of this work-in-progress can be seen below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #201 of Dean’s work and the focus was color-correction and testing for the patio and domes. You can see some screenshots of this process below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 28th week as a member of the team and now working on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Glass Recycling, Repurposing, and Reuse Options tutorial. This week’s focus was editing text, preparing the images for web publication, transforming the tables into images, and creating the index with the anchor links. Below are pictures of some of his work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 12th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began updating the SolidWorks rendering of the Net-Zero Bathroom to coincide with the AutoCAD plan. The first part of the update was to rearrange the bathroom fixtures so that they would be in the same positions. These changes were necessary to meet the local and ADA regulations. After rearranging the fixtures, the plumbing had to be updated. The update of the plumbing involved adding and repositioning connections for synchronization. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) also completed her 11th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey spent some time working on the shelves/closet that is on the front of the bed frame. Thinking about how these pieces need to be cut and placed together is important because we want to pre-cut the holes, not wait until assembled to cut holes. Some of the existing instructions and visuals need to be updated for size and wood shape. Stacey’s work so far has already reduced the instructions by 4 pages. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 9th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial by finishing edits on the centerpoint establishment sections of the 3-Dome and 6-Dome Clusters and beginning to revise the excavation sections. She redrew CAD drawings to reflect current designs and worked on instructions for excavation of the entire site, utilities, stem wall and adjacent work areas. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 4th week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week Jingwei focused on creating the Auto AD planting plan and further selection of planting species, combining and refining the planting lists. Pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
One Community is eco-renovating our collaborative models 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 Ashish Hirani (Fire Protection Engineer) completed his 13th week working on the City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Lighting Design. This week Ashish worked on resizing pipe sizes for the basement floor sprinkler system using pipe schedule method which is defined in NFPA. He also explicitly defined the relationship between lux and lumens, and described how these technical terminologies should be considered in the design of emergency and exit lighting spacing to height ratio for different types of emergency and exit lights was also clearly defined. You can see some of the results of this work below.
Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) also completed her 6th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week she continued creating the vent system connected to the sewer system in AutoCAD. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 3rd week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design and updated video walkthrough. This week Qiuheng continued working on the Lumion model. She finished another round of modification and rendered the results. She then exported the adjusted video for review. In terms of the entrance part, Qiuheng also added some outdoor furniture and plants. You can see some of this work below.
Lindy Bray (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 3rd week helping confirm and expand the research on the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc.. This week, Lindy finished the first draft of the Sustainable Flooring tutorial and flooring ranking and submitted it for review. She color-coded and finished the ranking chart, finished writing her entries on Pioneer Millworks and Teragren, and determined another company called “Capri Collections” was not dedicated enough for us to consider them sustainable. Lindy also began doing research on the most sustainable option for non-recyclables tutorial. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Keerthi Gopalakrishnan (Product Ideation Analyst) completed her 2nd week helping with the sustainability benchmarking of various hardware companies. This week Keerthi primarily worked on market research and data collection for Urinals and Hand Dryers. Furthermore, data to benchmark these companies are also in progress. As a part of market research, this week Keerthi researched papers and guides published for relevant subjects. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Enrique “Ricky” Sara Cueto (Civil Engineering Student) also joined the team and completed his 1st week working on the ground-based components of the City Center Water Catchment Design. His focus for this first week was completing the general on-boarding checklist and getting more familiar with the project. In addition, he started the pond design calculations and researched ways to make the system as efficient as possible. Some pictures related to this work are below.
One Community is eco-renovating our collaborative models 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:
Sam’an Herman-Griffiths (Assistant Kitchen Manager) also completed his 4th and final week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Sam’an finished his work with us by addressing the notes left by the core team to help make his menu outline clearer to pass along to the next person who will work with this.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 3rd week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu continued development of the internal landscaping plan in Walipini #1 & Walipini #2 & Walipini #3-Large. Jiayu added the different kinds of sitting areas in these different interior spaces. She also made the new design drawings in Rhino, then she adjusted the line weight in Illustrator. Finally, she made the rendering outlines in PhotoShop. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) also completed his 3rd week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry worked on researching the appropriate flow rate for a climate battery and various 1D thermal models in Matlab. He also met the two new members of the team, Reyes and Lily, and worked with them to re-assign action items. He also progressed on the 3D thermal model in Solidworks. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 2nd week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana developed the MATLAB to calculate the temperature of the soil at different depths. According to the MATLAB code, there was a 10 degree temperature different from what was calculated at z = -40in and what was recorded in the SCAN data. There was a miscalculation on the handwritten portion and ignoring the radiation of the system had a much larger influence than first expected. Diana developed a new analytical solution that utilized the erfc function. Radiation will be added to this and it should nicely convert to MATLAB code using the erfc function. She also researched the different types of soils in our area to obtain the proper soil properties for the new analytical solution.
Yiran “Lily” Chen (Sustainability Coordinator) joined the team and completed her first week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Lily read through all the Google Docs including Climate Battery Details, Design Overviews, and watched videos on Aquapini and Walipini design. You can see a pictures related to this research below.
Reyes Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering Student) also joined the team and completed his first week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Reyes read the documentation provided for the climate battery, began looing at the matlab code and researching the distance needed between the pipes. You can see below some pictures related to this work.
One Community is eco-renovating our collaborative models 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 Xiaolu Song (Landscape Designer) completed her 17th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. This week she modified the final layout based on core team feedback. Pictures below show some of these updated pages and there are 4 of them still in the process.
Shuwei Liu (Landscape Designer) also completed her 16th week working on the playground and other external details of the Ultimate Classroom. Shuwei’s focus for the entire week was rendering the complete internal and external video walkthrough. You can see some screenshots of this rendering progress below.
One Community is eco-renovating our collaborative models 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 continued with week 3 updating of all pages connected to our Member Invitation pages. We continued with our detailed review of these pages and our business plan and finished the rest of the review process, which you can see in the pictures below.
And Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 35th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry improved the front-end successfully. The WBS starts faster now and the toggle open-close for each task works well. There are some side effects after he changed the algorithm that cause some bugs in the resources’s links so the moving tasks and task’s index need to be fixed. Some related imagery for this work can be seen below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 26th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week’s focus was promoting our project and the One Community helping page to US television stations. You can see below the list of the ones he contacted this week and a version of the press release he is sharing.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 19th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEKtalent team completed the functionality for deletion of team and project assignments from the userprofile. Through this admins can un-assign a project / team from a user profile. Once Jun has done the refactoring of the user profile, this can be merged with his work. Azure portal troubleshooting is still in progress too. Pictures of this new functionality are below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 21st week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen has been working on the badge images, specifically the Dropbox URL issue. First she tried importing all the URLs into the Compass MongoBD, but that didn’t work. After that, she tried applying the DropBox links the core team created directly in the React component, but that didn’t work either. Wen found that Dropbox has recently changed the way the files are shared, and they no longer support web hosting images the same way as before, so the URLs needed to be manipulated. The conclusion is that we need all the links created by the owner of the image file, and we then revise the URsL from there. This worked and some pictures are below of the results.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 10th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jerry completed TaskNotificiation documents that are now created automatically when a task’s info has been edited. A separate TaskNotification document is created and assigned to each user assigned to the task. Jerry has not yet set up Time-To-Live (TTL) for the task notifications yet to auto-delete, but will be working on that in the next week or so. The frontend is also now able to pull all notifications for each team member. Currently it just displays a bell icon and is not interactive. Having the bell icon open up a notification dialog on click will be the primary task for next week. Pictures are below showing some of this work.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 10th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor worked through the specific healthcare plans for Anthem Healthcare. She analyzed the documents that detailed and compared different plans with each other and chose the plans that she thought were best fit for the objectives of our project. She also contacted Humana Healthcare to receive more information about their healthcare plans and will follow up with them to get more information. You can see some of this work below.
Chris Weilacker (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Chris started work on the Leaderboard component by implementing an Organization total line, manual refresh button and linking the progress bar to an individual’s timelog. Chris also added hover text to the different components on the leaderboard. Pictures related to this work are below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 5th week helping create the YouTube and social media graphics for the update blogs. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #410, #411, #412, #413 and # 414. You can see these newly created images below.
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