Humanity becoming responsible stewards for our planet means engaging the interconnectedness of natural systems and integrating this into our design, construction, and living models. One Community is doing this with open source and free-shared DIY plans covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. We call this living and creating for “The Highest Good of All“.
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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 September 4th, 2022 edition (#493) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is engaging the interconnectednessof natural systems 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 creating the Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page. We updated and resized images and reloaded text with related external / internal links and anchors for these sections: Initial Trial Phase, Planning Phase Revisited, Trial Phase Revisited, Compression Testing Phase, Test Parameters, and Materials. We also created two spreadsheets and loaded them into the website. Images below show some of this work-in-progress.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 81st week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey and Bear had a great conversation to review pending questions on the instructions. There were a few key issues to be talked out in the components section regarding gang boxes and outlet covers. We reviewed all the descriptions and drawings of all the components. The slider switches have now all been combined together into one component and without making any drastic changes, we were able to streamline the electrical pieces. Screenshots below relate to this work.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 41st week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started off by finishing the final touches on the narrative for the “Full Depth Reclamation” subsection under “Flexible Pavement Design”. She then added more narrative to the “Rubberized Asphalt” subsection and researched information for the “Overlay” subsection. As Daniela continued to incorporate more research, she wrote more narrative for subsections concerning the “Stress Absorbing Membrane Interlayer” too. In addition, as Daniela was finishing up the narrative for the “Flexible Pavement Design Section” she decided that she’d like to research more information on both the California “Bearing Ratio Test” subsection along with the “AASHTO” equation subsection. This week she also started more research on the CBR test and read through multiple resources in order to find reliable and relatable material to write about. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 24th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip did research on cradle-to-cradle glass manufacturers and frame manufacturers. Afterwards he worked on ‘understanding windows’, where he compared double and triple glazing, the type of gas filling, types of coatings and the frames. These parts are not finalized yet, since they still need some optimization, but all the information is there already. Finally, Philip started with the “Doors” section, where he is still doing research and comparing different materials to see which ones are the best. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is engaging the interconnectednessof natural systems 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 began working on finalizing comments made on the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering final report and solar sizing spreadsheet and document. We emailed past researchers for the remaining answers/work needed. The same team member also started double checking the calculations and functionality of the Omnivore Vegan Multiplier tab for the menu spreadsheet.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 57th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis made another round of edits for the content to be added to the website. This was based on team feedback and edits should conclude next week so Luis can transition into a new project. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 45th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya worked on modeling the outdoor landscape in the SketchUp model after importing the CAD drawing of the outdoor landscape. There were too many disconnected short lines, so she spent time cleaning those lines first. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 42nd week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi continued to finalize the SketchUp model to prepare it for rendering. This included wall and column protrusions, Social Dome door and window fixes, and furniture that was still hanging in the air. The model was then imported into Lumion, double checked for layer material properties, and it was found that many objects require material assignments. An initial rendering for the Dining Dome second floor was created for review too. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 13th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue continued the development of the Duplicable City Center Interior Design by updating the design of Room 8, Nautical-themed room. She finished the renderings, presentation, Cost analysis, AutoCAD, and SketchUp model. See below for pictures related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 11th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. At the beginning of the week, Gabriela did a render of the bathroom to see how it would look. Jae suggested a wallpaper to get deeper into the theme, but she discovered that the material would not last in the wet environment of a bathroom. It was then suggested to change the type of tiles, so Gabriela presented a diversity of models/colors/ideas to chose from. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 11th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Jessica exchanged one of the arm chairs so both were ones that turned into a bed. After a couple of tries, she decided to change the gray colors of both armchairs/bed, she picked a warmer color, a clear pink rose. Changing these, Jessica also needed to rearrange the 3D model so both arm chairs could fit (they are very big chairs) and change the shape of the carpet. She also needed to do all the rendered images again so a total of 12 rendered images were then completed and added to her folder on Dropbox. See below for some pictures of this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) joined the team and completed his 1st week working on completing the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage. This week, Charles started creating a web page for the City Center Dome Hub Connector using content from the development Google Doc. This project highlights the research and design methods used by the team to ensure the safety and manufacturability of the City Center Dome Hub Connectors. First Charles extracted the images in the Google Doc by downloading it as a web page. This method saves the images in a separate folder called images. The images are named image1, image2, etc., so each image needs to be given an appropriate name when uploaded to the web page. Then Charles created a table of contents. One of the comments he received was to remove any punctuation marks, so he deleted all the question marks. Next, Charles migrated content from the Google Doc to the web page following the general formatting rules including removing unintentional html code, ensuring that all content is correctly justified, etc. Charles set the width of all images to 640px, except for images set to 320px that were side by side. He positioned two images side by side by creating div’s with widths of 50%, floated left. Images were given a border of 2px solid black and a title tag that generated a popup message when hovered over with the mouse. There was one exception to the border for the image that depicted the equations showing the compressive and tensile stresses. Finally, Charles corrected the comment that the social media links were displayed using a shortcode. He migrated content up through the “Researchers” section of the page. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is engaging the interconnectednessof natural systems 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 detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We continued our 3-Day Menu Block review and we also coordinated with Stacey on the Murphy Bed doc by resolving existing comments and designating specific terminology for electrical components including face plates, outlets, switches, dimmers, gang boxes etc. Pictures below relate to this.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 19th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started to review meals for Second Week menu blocks. She began by reviewing recipes on already completed menu blocks and adding missing omnivore/vegan protein recipes to menus that had simple or no vegan or omnivore protein recipes. She ended the week by researching and creating recipes on Second Week D and Second Week E menu blocks. The pictures below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Personal Assistant to Jae) also joined the team and completed her first week. This week’s focus was helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan spreadsheet updates. This week she designed a new formatting for both the Transition Kitchen Recipe Build Out and the Master Recipe Template spreadsheets in order that they may be more easily navigable for data entry, and better organized and legible for printing. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is engaging the interconnectednessof natural systems 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:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 21st week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph focused on finalizing the design processes of the structural engineering design and detailing elements. He also focused on the key aspects governing fire resistance and protection of timber coupled with compiling a detailed engineering report. Screenshots of his work are below.
One Community is engaging the interconnectednessof natural systems 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 17 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, new bug identification and bug fix integration for the Highest Good Network software, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also completed more rounds of reviewing and giving feedback on the new overview videos Arthur is developing (see below).
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 21st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into implementing the feature “same folder tasks as current task”. She finished the first half of it, implementing the feature on the level 1 tasks, so the sameFolderTasks page will lead to the current level 1 task’s WBS page. Next week Yiyun will work on the same feature for the level 2/3/4 tasks. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 17th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, this week Eiki reviewed weekly summaries and PR 493 and 183. In terms of software development, Eiki continued frontend and backend work on the task edit suggestions feature. He completed the implementation of Jae’s requested feature of editing task edit suggestions so that admins can edit suggestions before approving them and submitting them to the backend. Eiki also fixed the bug with the resource search resulting in undefined members. See pictures below for some of this work.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera finished the component for pagination and handled border cases covering when all data fits on one page, when there are less than 5 pages, and when the selected page is the last or the first. Now the WBS table and the project members table are wrapped in the pagination component, so if the table contains more than 6 elements, then the paging buttons appear. Vera also created a new look for the WBS table and the project members table on the project reports page, then she started redesigning the Tasks Details table. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. For this week, Yan revised her code and updated the PR. She also continued working on the function where the user status will change from active to inactive when reaching a specific date. To solve this problem, Yan tried to use the package cronJob to schedule the task on node.js. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) also completed his 5th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur worked on delivering the first two versions of the What Is It video and working on fixing the previous videos as well. This included a lot of discussing the main page video with Jae to organize how this video will look. Another big project for the week was to finish the outro video. Two new versions have been delivered. See pictures below for some of this developing work.
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