Ecologically addressing society is a necessary step if we are to address over-consumption patterns and create global sustainability. One Community is helping achieve this through an open source evolution of sustainability that combines enriching and more fulfilled living models, open source education options, and global stewardship practices with sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, economics and more.
Here’s our project overview
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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 January 12th, 2020 edition (#355) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is ecologically addressing society 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 Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 12th week with the team. This week Oluyomi continued with the trompe and ram pump implementation research. His focus this week was revising and simplifying his previous work so it is understandable to non-industry professionals and working on explaining a DIY version of a trompe using an excellent resource he found. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings the trompe and ram pump research to about 50% complete.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #176 of Dean’s work and the focus was finishing most of the remaining work for the railings on the stairway access and around the rooftop-patio. You can see some of this ongoing work here.
And Shadi Kennedy (Artist and Graphic Designer) also completed his 75th week developing the Murphy bed instructions. This week he printed out the complete instructions and made a list of all remaining edits needed. The picture below shows this list and a few screen captures of the walkthrough we did together to confirm everything. We’d say this brings these assembly instructions to about 90% complete.
One Community is ecologically addressing society 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 Ron Huang (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 35th week developing and refining the Energy Modeling tutorial needed to achieve our LEED Platinum certification. This week Ron revised the occupancy load in the baseline model and began analyzing the energy increase for using electrical heating for the hot tub. You can see some of this work and the preliminary results here and we’d say we’re now about 87% complete with the City Center energy analysis component.
One Community is ecologically addressing society 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 began updating the chickens open source page. This week we built the table of contents and updated all the formatting to include all the upcoming sections, rewrote the “Why Chickens” section, added a “Purchasing and Initial Care” section, added several videos we’ve researched and found helpful, and began updating the “Which Chickens” section. You can see some of this work here and we’d say we’re about 20% done with the completion of this page.
Related to this, the core team also continued the behind-the-scenes chickens research and organization of information. This week’s focus was assembling, revising, and combining into well-referenced paragraphs the notes we’ve taken on several of the best videos we could find (after hours of researching them) into the various sections that will make up the complete open source page. You can see some of this ongoing process here.
The core team also continued work on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instructions on our behind-the-scenes google doc. We added the felt roof assembly steps and researched and added felt roof (row 6) and wood boards for door (row 42) into Chicken Coop Material List. With this, we’d say we’re now about 89% done.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) also continued with his 8th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week Mohammad continued working on the new site design that addresses the issue of the gravity drainage to the central pool ending so low below grade. This week he came up with two different proposals that would create seating with ADA access around this area while still maintaining the gravity-fed design. You can see some of this work work-in-progress here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 76% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) also continued with his 6th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on thermal lag and the research that has been done by One Community so far about the thermal mass and thermal lag for climate batteries including the FEA analysis. He also worked on extending the research on soil temperature during the year. References for Ground Temperatures as a Function of Location, Season, and Depth were reviewed. Ali also worked on improving the 2D model for the climate battery. Dimensions were taken from the current Aquapini floor plan. Some effort was done to create a 2D model that can represent the average behavior of the 3D Aquapini structure and the initial mesh was improved to capture the boundary locations. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is ecologically addressing society 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 63rd week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued revisions and additions to the indigo room representing “Social Sciences.” What you see here are his fifth and final round of revisions and additions that included adding more items to the desks, counters, and windowsills, changing the focus of the teacher, and resizing the central floor map. You can see the final image below and on the Ultimate Classroom page.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued with week 9 as a member of the team and now working on the the Ultimate Classroom. This week Ziqian continued development of the Ultimate Classroom by completing several revisions of the skylight and roof designs. The final design minimizes materials and maximizes passive heating and cooling by lowering the roof. moving the skylights to the north-facing roof, and adding clerestory windows to the south-facing roof for winter heating and summer ventilation. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is ecologically addressing society 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 a year-end review of our website traffic, advertising grant results, and search results and behavior. You can see some of these summaries here.
Deema Ali (Graphic/Video Designer) completed her 7th week designing new versions of the One Community Homepage overview videos. This week Deema implemented feedback on the last revision and made additional adjustments to the earth-in-hand graphic, timing, and the overlay sequence that uses the same effect as the social media sequence. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his first week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao focused on finding the right way to run the HGN React app locally, addressing challenges during the process, and creating an instruction document to help others more easily run the HGN React app locally too. You can see the beginnings of the document here.
Henry Ng (React Developer) also joined the team and completed his first week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry focused on reviewing all the tech details and app structure for the project, researching MongoDB Atlas because he hadn’t used it before, and Sentry.io. You can see some screenshots related to this work below.
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