Conscious and conscientious global caretaking is possible. This planet is the only one we have to live on, it is our one shared home. One Community is helping to make it a sustainable planet and home through open source and sustainable approaches 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 April 19th, 2020 edition (#369) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is global caretaking 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:
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #186 of Dean’s work and the focus was trying to create a circular stairway to the rooftop patio that used minimal resources, had sufficient head clearance, and could be DIY-replicated. You can see pictures of these updates below.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 20th week with the team and continued research for the Best Small and Large-scale Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options tutorial. This week, Oluyomi completed the first drafts of the glass, paper and plastic waste processing tutorials. After analyzing the cost, labor and feasibility of the different methodologies for the materials, the following plans are in the lead for recycling those materials:
Our research continued and you can see some of the related work-in-progress in the picture below.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) also continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed week 23 as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was adding a look into the loft storage during the walkthrough, changing out some of the people, adding more objects to the various views, and updating the side tables in the Couple’s Domes to be the ones we’ll actually build. You can see some screenshots of this below.
One Community is global caretaking 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 updating the Duplicable City Center 3D model to match the updated floor plans. This week we updated the first floor Living Dome’s bathroom walls, door openings, and toilets. We also updated the Living Dome room example to add a sofa, updated closet, and floor, and rebuilt the second floor bathrooms walls to match first floor. You can see some of these updates below.
Alvaro Hernandez (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) also completed his 4th week as a member of the volunteer team. This week Alvaro switched his focus to working on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. As his work on this will be a process that will be repeated several times in the future, he is taking the time to measure the time it takes of every task during the process. The goal is to create a formatting guide for the researchers, look for ways to improve the web page creation process, and define a checklist to use to improve and streamline the complete creation and review process. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is global caretaking 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 Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 21st week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week he continued working on the steel structure. This included: searching the proper roof and cladding support system, selecting the structural system for the gardens in addition to the roof and cladding supporting system, designing two structural models to compare cost and efficiency, continued designing of the steel beams, steel columns, steel connections, and rafters, and replacing the conventional roof and cladding system with SolaWrap. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below showing about 80% complete with the structural details.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 19th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on the thermal properties of SolaWrap to replace the previous heat calculation with Solexx. Now we’re moving forward with a double layered SolaWrap in the ceilings as well as the walls. He also worked on the 2D transient simulations of the aquapini and walipinis considering SolaWrap as the material in the ceiling. And he worked on the preliminary climate battery design and the general layout of the pipe layers. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is global caretaking 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 73rd week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he continued work on the yellow room, a room about the subject of Math and various empowering character traits. What you see here is Dan’s 8th round of additions to this room. The continued focus and final needed additions are adding learning books, tools, toys, and aids to the shelving on the left and right. With the latest additions, we’d say this room is now 95% complete.
One Community is global caretaking 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 Phased Rollout Table sections covering Economics and started it for Society too. Text was completed for Economics and started for Society within Step 2 of the Permaculture Design Case Study section after reviewing all material available on our website on the topics related to this. You can see some of this work below.
Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 13th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao modified the form validation for the TimeEntryForm component. The submit button is no longer disabled. Instead, errors are displayed for empty fields. He also refactored the code to make it more concise. The indigo, violet and purple color codes for the progress bar were also updated.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) additionally completed his 12th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry updated new functions to add tasks to the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) in the database. The profile picture will show up on the resources as a dropdown to show all members in the project for the user to select from. A calendar interface will be used to select the start and due date functions. All information about a task can be stored in our mongoDB. Henry also realized last week’s method is not a good way to add WBS IDs because the dropdown will show a very long list when the WBS has many tasks. The new idea is to directly select a task on the task list, then add child tasks to it. You can see some of this work below.
Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) also completed his 11th week as a member of the volunteer team working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Siddharth fixed the bugs that occurred due to refactoring. Now the user can edit their first name, last name, email, phone number and job role. He also completed more refactoring to make the code cleaner. You can see some of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 5th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. Wen’s focus this week was working on the badge section. She created a mongoose collection for the badges and a skeleton of the React component. Code was added to both the frontend and backend. She had some difficulty with the database and will continue resolving the problem next week. Some screenshots of her work-in-progress are below.
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