We are capable of ecologically addressing food. One Community is supporting this through open source “Highest Good food” components covering permaculture, soil amendment, food forests, biodiversity-supporting botanical garden creation, hoop houses, 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 December 5th, 2021 edition (#454) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is ecologically addressing food 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 working with the Murphy bed assembly instruction document. We added more comments related to the assembly of the Night Stands and provided corrected measurement numbers in the comments. We also worked with the SketchUp 3D model of the City Center to provide the beam framing of the City Center dome structure for the dormers on the first floor and exported the 3D SketchUp model to an TSL file.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #231 of Dean’s work and the focus was more lighting testing and adjustments. This last week Dean disassembled the wall and identified there was a hidden layer blocking his previous lighting attempts. With this problem removed, he returned to his previous process of fixing/testing the bottle lights to make them look realistic. The most recent of these tests is shown below.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 72nd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began adding diagrams and renderings to the water pump installation section of the Net-Zero Bathroom instructions/tutorial along with details and calculations. The section was created to give detailed instructions, including the purpose of installation, of the pump fittings and accessories. Calculations were provided in the section to give the user an insight on the assumptions and analysis taken to select the correct pump. The provided graphs and descriptions also give the user design flexibility, allowing for scaling of the system and choosing the correct pump for their needs. The pictures below show some of this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 23rd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development, mainly focused now on the Earthbag Village components. This week Daniela started by making new edits to the Earthbag Village Drainage Plan based on comments and suggestions that Jae had left on the pdf. She continued to make updates and made a new design for the drainage plan of the inner sector of Earthbag Village. After creating the design and implementing it into AutoCAD, she emailed David to see what his suggestions for the layout would be. Daniela left the right side of the drainage design clear so that David had room to illustrate a potential design. Afterwards, she printed new pdfs for other Earthbag Village piping/drainage plan. She then addressed comments on the Aquapini and Walipini report in addition to rereading the water calculations excel sheet and going through sites to find images that would help better the narrative. As some images were previously brought into question for their aesthetics, Daniela attempted to make alterations. These changes did not look appealing and due to new Aquapini and Walipini AutoCAD designs she decided not to finish changing the image. Lastly, with the new CADs, Daniela incorporated the updated designs to the report and started collecting information to construct a paragraph for the plumbing section of the report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Becky Xin (Volunteer Web Editor) completed her 5th week helping with web design, now focused on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial. This week, Becky continued with the Roadways, walkways, gutters, and parking lot report tutorial. She finished adding most of the content and is about ready to move on to processing and adding the images. Pictures below are related to this work.
Karla Ulloa (Front end Developer) completed her 2nd week working on the open source Dome-Home Site Clearing, Preparation, and Maintenance staging page. This week Karla finished applying final touches to the Dome-home site, which included fixing links to videos and review of paragraphs and references. Then she moved on to her next assigned task of the Duplicable City Center Heating and Cooling page. Karla added the requested section under Basic Equipment Selection Criteria, reviewed the paragraphs and formatting, and added corresponding images needed. She also applied and adjusted the resource section to the proper format and links. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is ecologically addressing food 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 Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 22nd week helping, now with content related to the Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank worked on getting more familiar with the different functions of the System Advisor Model 2020 by checking the different formats and functions of the program. He also worked on the tutorial for the SAM program to make it more visual and easy to follow for new users. The pictures below relate to this.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 20th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus had a zoom meeting with her supervisor and they decided to make different options for the roof according to the new updates of the roof plan. She then added the new roofs to the previous Revit file. Venus is still working on the roof and will be able to change the main 3D model after approving the roof. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 18th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. Carlos was able to work this week on the Pallet Wardrobe. He finished 90% of the components of the Bifolding Door Hardware, given that the last one includes complex shapes he decided to focus on the animation, including camera angles, transition smoothness, objects opacity animation, etc. Carlos then produced a draft render. He noticed some missing objects but the location of many of them was correct, so now he needs to link the objects so they move following the doors, add color to them, and mirror said objects to the other side of the wardrobe. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is ecologically addressing food 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 the comprehensive review and final edits and additions to our Sheep research. This week we reviewed five different videos regarding calming sheep, slaughtering sheep, removal of their hides, internal organs, and intestines. Step-by-step time frames were provided for some while others may not require such. The calming videos are very interesting and the gentleman demonstrating does a very good job of talking his way through the calming and slaughtering process. Another small-farm family operation demonstrated the specifics of prepping for butchering. Using all this, we also wrote an intro for the Ethical Harvesting Section. See below for the pictures related to this work.
The core team also restructured and rewrote the walipini, aquapini, and zenapini design document. The current text about water needs and descriptions of the inside of the greenhouses was completely redone. The document now flows better and is more informative to an unfamiliar eye. The sun study work was rewritten to be more informative as well.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 61st week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng updated the Lumion video rendering, including adjusting the path to avoid conflicts with the drainage and the central terrace to add NW, NE, SW, SE as shown on the CAD plan. She also split the video clips into two so people will not “fly” around when they extend the 99 seconds moving effect. Pictures below are related to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 11th week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week Brian worked on the menu design, which involved using leftovers for up to 5 days in different ways. Brian added a new category to the excel spreadsheet which includes kitchen work to ensure that the prep for each meal can be accomplished within the parameters of the project due to time and labor constraints. Below are some images related to this.
Jennifer Lee (Graphic Designer) also completed her 2nd week working on the open source Permaculture Design staging page. This week Jennifer continued work on the Permaculture webpage. She edited links and added new images and text. She also checked on the content added last week to ensure that they were all properly formatted and included the correct requirements. Jennifer also helped edit content on another webpage and checked that it was formatted correctly, fixed some issues, and that it included all the necessary details. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is ecologically addressing food 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 ecologically addressing food 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 30 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 28th week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing. This week Aidan continued to focus his efforts on the Health Insurance research. He has been double-checking, revising, and adding links for the details of each health insurance plan that has been analyzed. In order to work towards determining the most cost-effective options, Aidan began getting quotes for monthly premium costs for the plans that have been selected to be frontrunners. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This Week Navya worked on Issue: New Max Personal Record Badge Needs to be Updated. She focused on adjusting the sizing of the Badge Number by modifying CSS like position and font. Navya also adjusted the badge sizing in the user profile page where badges are displayed, replaced the Max Personal Record badge with a newly designed badge, and checked all the adjustments, sizing, and position. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also completed her 4th week helping with web design, this week focused mainly on the health insurance content on the staging web page. She continued creating the page content and checking the format of the page. Yuran also revised the existing problems in the page with the feedback, revised the table of content and other parts of the page, and added some pictures to the comparison section of the page. Pictures below are related to this work.
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