Game-changing sustainability solutions are needed if we are to address the global challenges our generation is facing. The approach One Community is focused on is open sourcing and free sharing teacher/demonstration hubs that teach and demonstrate sustainable approached to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, 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 January 23rd, 2022 edition (#461) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating game-changing sustainability solutions 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 coordinated a plan for the execution of the work to be completed this semester by the 4-person Aircrete and earthbag compression testing testing team, met with the 4-person hub connector team to re-group and re-assign specific tasks, and finished double checking the calculations in the walipini, aquapini, and zenapini design spreadsheet. We also began consolidating and merging the walipini, aquapini, and zenapini current website content with the new design work document.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #237 of Dean’s work and he is now working on the actual renders. The picture below show his most recent two test renders, now with the rest of the missing lighting.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 29th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started by reviewing comments and making a list of the ongoing tasks from the past few weeks. She then uploaded all of the PDF’s she had created last week and better organized the Dropbox. Daniela continued to work on the Roadways excel sheet and was able to make some edits to an AutoCAD file she had kept open. With the open file, she created a new file that indicates which roads were measured for the selected roadways tab. Throughout the week Daniela worked on the cost analysis for both previous and new tabs. She made a list of all the files she worked on and their corresponding folders. Daniela also made edits to the narrative for the updated Earthbag Village Water Content report. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 78th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on the Rain Barrel Support Structure section of the Net-Zero Bathroom instructions/tutorial. He started by rendering the angle brackets for the remaining wooden supports. Their orientation formed a square cross section that served as the base for the inner 2 by 4 supports. The 2 by 4 supports will be used as the floor at which the rain barrel will sit on. To connect the 2 by 4s, rail brackets were added to properly distribute the load applied to the inner beams along the outer ones. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 61st week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey continued updating the wood cutting pieces. She is removing the confusing circular saw and replacing it with a hand saw. Stacey will add the wood cut size directly on each piece. All graphics will be aligned correctly and cleaned up for a more final look. She is also enlarging all numbers representing the number of screws being used. Stacey and the core team have discussed the use of placing QR codes and clickable links or icons in final format, which will currently be represented with a placeholder graphic. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Jennifer Lee (Graphic Designer) also completed her 7th week, now working on proofreading and editing the Earthbag Construction Footers, Foundation, and Flooring Webpage. She integrated links, missing images, and formatted text. Jennifer also fixed missing mouseover text in the resources section and on any other areas that were missing it. Jennifer also took the images with typos into photoshop to carefully write over any words with errors. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is creating game-changing sustainability solutions 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 34th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week, Luis worked on finalizing the details for the City Center Spa design electrical schematic. This included the research and implementation of a transformer for the lighting fixture. The transformer is compatible with the 12-14 V requirements of the light fixture and the low voltage output of 120 V from the control system. This development allowed the completion of the electrical schematic and an electrical budget can be made for the system. With the completion of the electrical development, operation times will be reassessed by the team using ANSYS and can then be recalculated for the energy budget. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 27th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus completed the section F_F. She added columns and furniture according to the new floor plans and basement plan. Venus added walls according to the plans too, and corrected some parts of the section. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 22nd week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. After receiving feedback from the One Community team, Carlos corrected the position of a peg for the accordion doors on the Pallet Wardrobe and began re-rendering the segment with the new and proper peg location. With this we officially wrap up the renders for the Pallet Furnitures! Now he will focus on updating said Project Blueprints. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 19th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she drew the diagram indicating the quality view of a regularly occupied area on each floor and created tables for it, then Xuanji added a new floor plan to the landscape drawings. She also wrote a narrative for LEED interior quality views and started learning the light analysis software DIAlux. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 16th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she accomplished the work of adding the floor slab to the central part on the first floor, scaling down the height of the columns, and modeling the stairs on the north side. She also tried to create a new dome but came up with a few more questions about the window (can not fit into the shell) that needs to be solved first. Pictures of some of this work are below.
George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 14th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. George edited the hub connector design to test the design in tension. He modeled long bolts and nuts. He found that when the center hub is in tension the loads are much higher than when in compression. The calculation shows that we require 220 tons of force to bend a quarter inch steel plate. George then designed a layered bracket design for the center connector. This option provides ease of design and helps improve the strength of the brackets. Simulations show improvements in stress capacities over previous designs. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 14th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi met with the team to discuss how to remodel the shell of the 3 domes and give them thickness. She continued to organize model components into proper groups and layers, and corrected furniture item textures in the Social Dome. Models of the restroom stalls were made and fixed to correct lengths. Next week, Yuxi will continue to work on trimming the first floor of the Social Dome while maintaining all the desired features. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj wrote up an explanation of the physics behind the geodesic dome and how it works. This document explains the science behind the geodesic dome and helps give the reader a visualization of how it all works. Pictures below are related to this work.
Douglas Whittemore (MEP Designer) completed a partial week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini HVAC and Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Doug familiarized himself with the architecture of the Earthbag Village so he can better understand its energy needs to help with double checking energy need estimates. The pictures below relate to this work.
Prathik Nirmal Jain (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and completed his first week of work on the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and analysis. Prathik studied the properties of epoxy that could be used to improve stability and strength. He modeled connecting 5 beams by filling the center cavity with epoxy in SolidsWork where he will run an analysis to see the stresses and displacement in the epoxy section and the binding strength between the beam and the epoxy resin.
One Community is creating game-changing sustainability solutions 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 reviewed the Raising Sheep – Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Sheep Stewardship page and created a list of items with comments and questions related to this page, researched information related to requirements for different growing stages of lambs and for length of ewe milking, and then updated the previous 3D model of the sheep/goats barn to remove the goat sleeping area, move the milking room to the farthest corner, and allocate space to a lambing and mixing area. This same team member also helped with the Chicken Coop Building Instructions by generating detailed images related to assembly of the west wall framing. Pictures below are related to this work.
Another core team member completed additional edits on the Chicken coop doc, researched decking, roofing, wall fastener spacing, and had a collaborative call with another team member about chicken doc explanations of building walls on the ground but showing in upright positions. We also found a video for H-clip usage on 5/8″ OSB attachment for horizontal roof installation and had a discussion regarding when to initiate critter raising and to what degree we will entertain such.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 68th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week, based on feedback, Qiuheng adjusted the SketchUp model as well as the rendering video of the Aquapini and Walipini by fixing the roofs of the structures and edited some movement issues in Lumion. Also, she saved another SketchUp model with only the landscape and structures for the sun study. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 29th week helping, now with content related to the Aquapini & Walipini HVAC and Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank summarized heat loss calculations for the HVAC designs of the Tropical Atrium and Aquapini and Walipini greenhouses. He used the first method of infiltration for its simplicity and worked on making the necessary corrections and updates to the summary. He also worked on the planning of the HVAC lines and equipment necessary for design implementation. The pictures below relate to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 17th 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 met with Jae and discussed the issue of menu differences due to dietary restrictions. Brian then started working on moving all the recipes into an excel spreadsheet, while making sure all the measurements were consistent so that the tracking would be accurate when ordering food for blocks of time based on the dietary needs of the groups. Below are some images related to this.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also completed her 10th week helping with web design, this week focused mainly on the Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Sheep Stewardship staging page. This week Yuran checked all of the links and added any that are missing to the Tools and Equipment page. She also checked and updated the Earthbag Village Tools and Equipment Spreadsheet Master with tools that were missing. She also checked and added everything from three other tool and equipment sections of three other assembly GoogleDocs. Pictures below are related to this work.
Anna Cheal (Culinary Nutritionist) also completed her 7th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Anna completed 9 recipes: Sweet & Spicy Chili Chicken Noodles, Oven-Roasted Trout and Potatoes, Moroccan Spiced Chicken Couscous, Cistrusy Sardine Pasta, Greek Chicken & Potatoes, Breakfast Parfaits, Spicy Tofu Scramble, Spiced Coffee Smoothie, and Sweet Potato Hash Browns. All of these recipes are ready for review. Anna recently started creating a Falalfel Wrap recipe, which she plans to complete next week. The pictures below relate to this work.
Maya Callahan (Sustainability Researcher) completed her 2nd week helping with research and web design, now focused on final review and edits to the DIY Permaculture Design staging page. This week, Maya focused on proofreading all material and fixing grammar/spelling mistakes as she went, finishing this week on the “Permaculture Design Process” section. There were a few sections that needed clarification, so Maya commented with suggestions/questions about said content on the permaculture research google doc, and this content was then clarified and fixed. Additionally, she checked each piece of text that contained a link to ensure it had the proper URL and hover text. Edits were also made based on comments from the dropbox feedback 2 PDF, such as riding the entire page of bold (or <strong></strong> code), and using proper heading structure, or the alternative all caps format.
One Community is creating game-changing sustainability solutions 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 creating game-changing sustainability solutions 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 21 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.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 32nd week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing that is now focused on the Health Insurance research and page. This week Aidan completed his revisions and updates to the Health Insurance Google Doc content. He updated the rankings of the top insurance plans based on research and assigned scores for costs and coverage. Aidan also updated the narrative to reflect the updates to these rankings. Lastly, he finalized addressing various comments throughout the content, and all that remains now is updating the website. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenko (Graphic Designer) also completed her 23rd week, now working icon images for the Highest Good Network software. She continued to work on the stewardship and economic icons after new feedback. Alex also took the screenshot images below of her work-in-progress and created a single file in Illustrator where all 9 final icons were placed for the final review. Pictures below are related to this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya worked on the added functionality where mandatory fields should be indicated and a popup should happen that says “Please complete all mandatory fields” if they aren’t. Currently they only do this if a person clicks in a field and doesn’t enter anything. They should show mandatory fields that aren’t completed when a person clicks “Create”. Navya looked into Issue 2 for showing the messages in the page itself, instead of on typing. She completed implementing this logic but is facing issues for showing email and phone fields and hence debugging the code. She also tested for different scenarios. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rachit Joshi (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rachit started work on the ‘Time entries’ visualization. There were issues with getting data in the component but hunting around the application proved valuable as the Time Entries reducer can provide the necessary data and he has started to integrate it. He also designed mock-ups that could be improved upon and implemented to visualize the performance data. The pictures below relate to this work.
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