One Community is demonstrating ethics as a design science by applying our values for the “Highest Good” of all people and life on this planet to every area we’ve identified as necessary to achieve a truly sustainable civilization. This includes developing open source and free-shared sustainability models for food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Combined, they will be used to construct teacher/demonstration hubs that will share and evolve these ideas even 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 November 27th, 2022 edition (#505) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is demonstrating ethics as a design science 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team organized materials for the team, watched and reviewed methods used by Aircrete Harry, and guided the team on how to make the next 4 batches of experimental aircrete. The same team member also followed up with Yifei regarding her tasks, and Luis about a detail in his weekly summary, as well as responded to several comments from Julia regarding the climate batteries. Pictures below are related to this work.
Another member of the core team used SketchUp to follow the assembly instruction steps for the Murphy bed build. We finished building the sections for wall base, wall framing, bed framing and table with benches, including checkIng all the lumber measurements and reviewing the order of the wall assembly. Then we did the same for the bed, bedside shelves, back storage unit and nightstand assembly. We also started checking the lumber cutting section by recreating the lumber selections with the required assembly parts for the wall section in 3D.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 84th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week’s focus was more revisions based on team feedback. Revisions were focused mainly on formatting and alignment fixes. Screenshots below relate to this work.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 52nd week, returning to work on the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial. This week, Daniela continued to focus on responding to comments/questions. She started by researching more information for the Cold in Place Recycling section. Once she completed adding more narrative to this section she then started researching why this form of pavement rehabilitation was considered more eco friendly than others. Daniela then incorporated her findings into the narrative. She was also able to find a resource that further explained a process for another section and linked it in the narrative. Daniela also did more research based on the definitions she added to the glossary in order to ensure a proper explanation. After doing so, she researched and added more information for the FDR section. Pictures below are related to this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 30th and 31st weeks helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. These past two weeks, Ming primarily followed up with suppliers that were contacted previously. After checking with their engineers, a representative from Dongguan Haibao Machinery Technology has endorsed the feasibility of waste-to-energy on mixed waste at small scales, although pre-sorting is needed. Ming also did additional searching on Alibaba for alternative facilities. One important distinction that was made this week when consulting with suppliers, they referred to WTE as energy-saving facilities for waste processing, not a source of generating renewable energy (Changzhou Jintian is an example of a company that said this). Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 11th and 12th weeks with the team. In the past two weeks, Julia finished reviewing the completion of the “Duplicable City Center Dome-Hub Connector Engineering” Webpage and made necessary coding fixes and content edits to finalize this page. She also checked the corresponding Feedback PDF and resolved comments that had been correctly integrated. Julia then went through the “Addressing Non-recyclables” Google Doc, leaving thorough feedback using the comments for recommended research expansion. While doing this, she made edits for grammar and spelling in the content itself. She also completed review of the Feedback PDF for the “Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More” Webpage and left comments for further fixes as necessary. She then began going through the corresponding source Google Doc to check that suggested edits had been integrated properly on the live page. Finally, Julia completed reviewing the remainder of the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and did a final run through, adding more feedback for further edits as needed. The next week (this last week), Julia worked on the “Sustainable Window and Door Research” Spreadsheet and resolved comments that had been correctly integrated. She also left additional feedback for recommended updates and edits with the comments. Julia then reviewed the Feedback PDF for the “Open Source Climate Battery Design” Webpage and made necessary updates to image formatting and coding. She begun editing the content of this webpage on the live site and left comments on the source Google Doc for any questions she had. Julia updated all of the linked resources on this webpage so that they are now embedded in the text rather than to reference numbers. Also, Julia continued to address comments and leave feedback on the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial” Google Doc, as well as editing added content in the “Flexible Pavement Design” section. Finally, Julia went through the Feedback PDF for the “Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More” Webpage again to address comments, and then she made fixes to coding, formatting, images, and the ToC’s on the live page as needed.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 11th and 12th weeks working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. For the past two weeks, Mercy focused on the comparison table and evaluating criteria. She searched for new information (energy input, carbon emission, etc.) on existing selected waste processing plants. She also looked for smaller models to replace options with large capacities. Regarding the criteria, she wrote the equation for emission and population calculation. She updated the comparison table and filled it in with plants that process multiple types of waste. She spent a lot of time researching benchmarks, carbon emission calculations, and carbon capture. She also contacted suppliers for information not provided on the website. There are several blanks in the table and she will fill them in once the suppliers reply. Since the time spent on the comparison table exceeds her estimate, she will need another 30 hours to work on the narratives and rewrite parts according to the new comparative study. See below for some pictures related to this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 6th and 7th weeks helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. Over the last two weeks, the Compression Testing Team continued to troubleshoot issues related to generating foam of consistent density. They also identified larger buckets to purchase to minimize loss of aircrete volume due to splashing while mixing, and they learned that longer mixing times lead to more bubbles popping, which lead to more water being in the bottom of the cylinders. They then made two batches using Aircrete Harry’s instructions, which had a different method for testing foam density and a lower target foam density than other recommendations. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yifei Zhu (Analyst and Researcher) also joined the team and completed her 1st and 2nd weeks working on reviewing and formatting for publication the newest content for the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage. For her first two weeks, Yifei worked on proofreading the Net-zero Bathroom Design and Assembly Instructions from page 325 to the end, adding comments, fixing spelling and grammar mistakes, and raising clarifying suggestions. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is demonstrating ethics as a design science 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 Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 63rd week, now helping with energy analysis for our open source solar microgrid design. Over the last week he was able to continue elaborating and formatting the descriptions of the Energy Demand Template tab. This expansion and explanation makes it much easier for new users to understand this open source information and replicate these substantial energy budgeting strategies. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 56th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. For the last two weeks, Venus worked on modeling rafters and the roof layers for Roof #3. She modeled the roof according to the SketchUp model and using Revit. Venus added different layers to the roof to receive the desired R-value and worked on making a section of the roofs to show the R-value as defined by the roof layers. See pictures below.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 21st and 22nd weeks working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This past couple weeks, Jessica fixed the lighting configuration, putting led strings behind the wood rays, and tested different colors for these LED lights. She tested pink, blue and orange. She also made small changes in the overall design, so it would look more fluid. And Jessica changed to a round carpet that looks better in the center of the room, aligned with the sun on the wall and chandelier above it. She also reduced the 2 chandeliers to one centralized chandelier and added small lights in the hall and above dresser and couch. Then she updated the headboard hexagonal pattern to be more organized and updated the ottoman to one that will serve as a stool for the desk too, removing the need for a chair and creating more space for circulation. Jessica also added to the Interior Design Cost Analysis the new furniture and elements and added quantities for floor finishes and wallpaper. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 21st and 22nd weeks working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This past two weeks, Gabriela worked a bit more on the sign to make it fit, but it didn’t, so she changed the entire room to Room 6, as requested, and it looks good. It won’t fit a pull-out couch though. She also tried a different layout with the decorations and the mirror, changing the brick wall and the “Hollywood” sign to “Old Hollywood”, the name of this room, and worked on a few new layout options to add one more bed. Pictures below are related to this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 11th and 12th weeks helping with web design. This past couple weeks, Charles completed addressing the comments for the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page. This included the misalignment of the captions of side-by-side images that were not 50%. ie. some being 30% the the other 70%. The width of all the 30/70 side by side images added up to 640px. The problem was that the caption widget did not center the captions correctly. Charles then started working on comments to the Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page. Charles finished the images’ alt text and title case for captions comments. Charles also added descriptions for links to the images. He will work on the TOC next week. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is demonstrating ethics as a design science 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 past two weeks the core team continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We sorted through individual recipes and touched on ingredient quantities, grammar, bold facing headings that weren’t bold faced, questioning the grouping of ingredients under specific headings, and rewording the vegan and omnivore recipe adaptations to reflect the replacement of one item over the other instead of utilizing the addition of an item when they clearly should be a replacement that was not mentioned, etc. Pictures below relate to this work.
And Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 29th and 30th weeks helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. Marilyn continued to add recipes to the Summer Fresh Week J menu block and started on Summer Fresh Week K. She focused on using saved and old recipes and scaling them to work as one recipe for both vegans and omnivores where possible. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is demonstrating ethics as a design science 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:
These last couple weeks, the core team continued creating the video tour of the Ultimate Classroom and surrounding grounds with many more rounds of review and feedback for Arthur. Below are some pictures of this work.
One Community is demonstrating ethics as a design science 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:
Over the past 2 weeks the core team completed 41 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also updated additional areas of our site with the new videos from Arthur.
Here’s the latest one we’ve finished and added!
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 31st and 32nd weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. This past couple weeks, Yiyun put most of her time on wrapping up the “edit suggested tasks” development. She created her 2nd “changes pick up” PR, got the 3rd “changes pick up” PR ready, and helped some on the Dependabot PRs that need review. She also helped with reviewing/testing other people’s PRs, answering questions and helping debug on coding problems. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 19th and 20th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan’s work for the last two weeks focused on the user management page setup of the final day button. It is about PR #221 for back end (HGN) and PR #557 for front end HighestGoodNetworkApp. She got feedback on her PR and revised the code and recommitted it. Yan also worked on a bug where the final day is setting one day too advanced. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 16th & 17th weeks helping with updating all our homepage videos. In the last two weeks, Arthur completed the final export of the Main Page Video, and delivered multiple new versions of the Ultimate classroom labeling video and its animated intro. He also started the Duplicable City Center Labeling video. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 11th and 12th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. These past two weeks, Kaung continued working on the bug that was not sending requests to the backend. After getting help from Yiyun, Kaung figured out that he was calling the backend with the wrong link. He changed the link and was able to delete the task. At first, whenever the task was deleted though, the WBS was also deleted. It is not the case with a WBS with 1 task, but if the WBS haS more than 1 task, it is a problem. He changed the request link and was able to delete the tasks without deleting the WBS. The next week (last week), Kaung got feedback from Yiyun regarding the PR from the previous week. The feedback was to change the deletion icon into an imported icon from FontAwesomeIcon and to align the tasks tabs. At first he tried to import the X button from FontAwesomeIcon but he could not use it. He later realized that the documentation he was reading is 5.0 version which is different from 4.0 version. Kaung switched the version and was able to change the X button. He then saw that there were multiple tables within each row which may be causing the misalignment of the tasks tabs. He tried refactoring them but he broke the code. So instead Kaung changed the tab’s elements to a grid element from CSS and was able to align the tasks. He then pushed the PR. See pictures below for some of this work.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 9th and 10th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. These past two weeks, Bruce read the source code of the HGNRest(backend) and was able to find the API he needed to get access to the database to call getUserByName. He found that this API has already implemented the function of splitting firstname and lastname, but since some users have 3 to 4 words in their name, this API needs some modifications. Bruce spent the next week trying to get users from the database but he could not because of all those not in the database. He then managed to write a function and determined that out of 238 contributors in this page, 213 are not in the database. Also, he tried to get the profilePic from the users but nothing was returned because no image was associated with the users in the database. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) completed his 6th and 7th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. For the past couple weeks, Kevin looked into a crash that Aashish was getting, an unhandled exception crash on code Kevin previously committed. Kevin could not reproduce the code and not likely something he did, but likely exposed by his code so he implemented a PR with new code that will catch the unhandled exception and will prevent the app from crashing and instead display an error – but the deletion/assignment should work as intended. Then he worked on getting the WBS task button to properly delete, this helped him find out it was an improper API call to the backend which resulted in a 404 response from the server. Lastly, Kevin worked to reimplement a new button on the WBS task to display the hidden task actions that were hidden and hard to get to before. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Front End Developer) completed his 6th and 7th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. These last two weeks he made a correction in his first PR, two code reviews, and started a new task, 2.3.2 Show assigned tasks as projects on user profile “project” tab; make them deletable. He is still thinking about what is the best way to display the info about the tasks inside the table. Guilherme already made the logic to display everything, but still needs to sort the tasks and call the delete function for deleting a task. He then fixed a bug in the dashboard permissions. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 6th and 7th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. Over the last two weeks, Aashish worked on the solution to getting the badges displayed by streak. It’s complicated. First, the already existing streaks will be corrected and after, a filter will be put to give precedence to the higher streak, thus removing the previously accumulated streaks. A few PRs were also looked into. The fix for badge streak will require a little bit more time to find where in the code it is auto assigned. A majority of badge related bugs require filters to get them working the way they are supposed to but so far none of the files Aashish has worked on have such codes. So, once the code where the auto-assigning of badges is figured out, Aashish will have an easier time fixing the badge bugs as a group. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kaixiang Gu (React.js / MongoDB Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 3rd and 4th weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. Over the past two weeks, Kaixiang tested, reviewed and approved Guilherme’s PR. He tested Alan’s PR and left his comments on Slack, fixed ‘Zoom’ as the default value of the video call preference, and completed the UI update for the permissions management dashboard task, and made the related pull request in GitHub. Kaxiang also reviewed and approved Alan and Guilherme’s PRs and started working to fix the auto-refresh bug of category hours. Pictures below show some of this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan (Software Engineer) also completed his 2nd and 3rd weeks helping with the Highest Good Network software. For the last two weeks, Alan continued to work on the dashboard component. He was able to fix the problem with the summaryBar component not displaying the correct data for the current user, and he created a pull request for that. He was able to do this by making sure we are displaying the data based on userID rather than the authenticated user. He also fixed some conflicts in the PR he created that fixed the problem where the wrong data was displayed when a new dashboard window popped up after clicking the dot next to a name in the leaderboard. He was able to fix that and the PR was eventually approved. Then Alan worked on fixing the misspellings of infringements that were on the frontend and backend, and he was able to do that without affecting the functionality of the app. He then carried on working on the misspelling of committed, and was able to fix most of the misspellings but not all of them. It seems that the variable name in the MongoDB schema must be changed. He also deleted yarn files and dependencies from the project and created a PR for that. On Saturday, Alan noticed that the tangible time in the Leaderboard and the tangible time in the summaryBar did not match for the current user, so he created a PR fixing that. Pictures below show some of this work.
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