“Freedom by Design” means giving people a way of life that frees us from economic stresses while directly including each other in the decision making processes and governance of everything that affects our lives. This includes food, energy, housing, education, social architecture, and more. Using open source and free-shared sustainable plans, we can significantly reduce the expenses of living while directly managing and stewarding all the areas most important to our wellbeing and happiness. One Community calls this living and creating for The Highest Good of All and we are creating this as a path to global sustainability.
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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 February 17th, 2019 edition (#308) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
FREEDOM BY DESIGN INTRO: @0:34
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @5:58
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @8:22
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @10:11
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @12:04
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @13:21
FREEDOM BY DESIGN SUMMARY: @15:05
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One Community is demonstrating freedom by design 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 design updates to the open source Murphy bed furniture assembly details. This week we confirmed bed swing clearance, checked dimensions of parts 0, WT28 and WT17, and added a headboard option. You can see some of this work here.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineer) completed his 29th week helping with the structural engineering research and calculations for the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). This week he finished the initial cost analysis and summary for why we chose 12D nails. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
Anvita Kumari Pandey (Civil Engineer) also completed her 32nd week volunteering and helping with the Earthbag Village Materials and Costs. This week she worked on the 6 dome cluster patio and Tropical Atrium cost analysis details by calculating volumes and quantities of materials and researching their costs. You can see some of this work here.
Shadi Kennedy (Artist and Graphic Designer) also completed his 40th week leading the development of the Murphy bed instructions. This week’s focus was making diagrams illustrating the installation of the frame and upright post sections, updating the details and parts for assembly of the base for the bed frame, the bed frame itself, and the feet from the bed frame assembly section. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 37th week helping with Earthbag Village render additions. This week he finalized improving the colors and perimeter plants in this view of the complete village looking North and added it to the 3-perspectives image and adjusted all that image’s colors so they are better matched.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued working on the Earthbag Village (Pod 1). Here is weekly update #149 from Dean. This week’s focus, as shown in these images, was finishing details for most of the internal furniture and starting to test textures.
And Elizabeth Kahn (Environmental Consultant) completed her 8th week as a researcher with our team. This week she began researching sustainable spigot options for the most sustainable spigot options page we’re developing. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
One Community is demonstrating freedom by design 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 continued with week 6 of our research into lake and water retention landscape creation as an alternative source of water for the Duplicable City Center Sprinkler and Emergency Systems Designs, agriculture, greywater processing, and more. This week we focused on describing the design specifics and different applications of the various kinds of dams. You can see some of this work here.
The core team also continued building the new page sharing the best, safest, and most sustainable paints, stains, varnishes, and sealants. We finished the LEED tutorial section and added the best sources for sustainable stains. You can see some of this work here.
Tanya Griffin, Aubryanne Boyle, and Allie Marsh (Interior Designers from Lotus Designs) also completed their 8th week helping with the Duplicable City Center interior design details. This week’s focus was finishing the concept boards shown here that outline, highlight, and summarize the total space. You can see some of this work here.
And James Herrigel (Student Researcher) also completed his 11th week researching the best, safest, and most sustainable paints, primers, stains, and sealers. This week’s focus was another round of research and writing up the details for the most sustainable stain options. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Sneha Dongre (Structural Engineer) also joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Duplicable City Center structural details. This week she learned how to export the updated designs from the Sketchup 3D file and began the process of removing all the non-structural lines and components.
One Community is demonstrating freedom by design 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 adding all the Highest Good Food rollout plan details to our staging page. This week we wrote most of the details for the 10-20 person rollout section. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
The core team also continued writing the behind-the-scenes narrative and detailed food rollout plan for the various stages of development. This week we continued research into what kind of fence is best for goats. We found a detailed video (Corner Post Installation and Bracing – Detailed Video) that clearly demonstrates corner fencing and bracing the corners for added strength. Because of the quality and informative nature of this video we will be researching further videos by the same author relating to gate installation and fence stretching.
And the core team continued research and 3D design of the chicken coops needed for 100 chicks. This week we researched ventilation, and redesigned the windows for even better light and ventilation by installing two upper vents, adding adjustable sliding ventilation hatches, a pop hole, night resting racks, and landing rods in front of the nesting boxes. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Additionally, the core team added several new sections and additional details and resources to the Swales, Hügelkultur, and Soil Preparation and Amendment sections of the Soil Amendment open source hub. You can see some of this work here.
And last but not least, Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) completed his 7th week working on creating an open source icon and symbol set for our permaculture designs. What you see here are the icons created so far.
One Community is building the foundations for how humanity creates a sustainable world 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 the core team continued working on the structural redesign of the Ultimate Classroom. This week we evolved last week’s design to add more space, bathrooms, cubby storage, sinks, and the other details shown here.
One Community is demonstrating freedom by design 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 finished the rest of the broken and incorrect links throughout our entire 1200+ page website and then ran multiple new reports to confirm the site is cleared of broken links. You can see some of this work and process here.
Jin Hua (Web and Graphic Designer) created another two new video tutorials about keyword “refactoring” and improving our keyword research and campaign design process. Refactoring is removing broad or useless keywords. You can see some screenshots from these videos here.
Emilio Nájera (Digital Marketer) also continued with his 19th week as part of the marketing team. This week’s focus was using Jin’s videos and refactoring the sustainable village, Temporary Kitchen, Large Scale Gardening, Food Forest, and Hoop House keyword strategies. You can see some of this work here.
In addition to this, the Highest Good Network software team consisting of Jordan Miller (Web Developer), Tyler Calvert (Full-stack Software Engineer), and Justin Kunz (Software Engineer) continued developing the software. This week the team started building new Redux routes for projects & team pages, created the front-end design template for the reports page, added the ability to run reports on multiple teams/projects/people, continued developing the user interface for user management, and replaced bootstrap with react-strap. You can see some of this work here.
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