One Community sees a global eco-collaborative movement as the pathway to a sustainable world that will benefit all people and life on this planet. We are supporting this with the open source and free-shared plans necessary to build a global cooperative of teacher/demonstration hubs to help others build even more teacher demonstration hubs so everyone interested in joining the movement will have a way to do so.
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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 1st, 2020 edition (#397) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is forwarding a global eco-collaborative movement 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 review and development of our behind-the-scenes Earthbag Village construction tutorials. This week we further edited the Footer Foundation and Flooring doc sections covering Center Point Establishment and Excavation, and they are now complete through page 38. The French drain surface gutter was eliminated and the amount of work space on the exterior of the domes was also reduced. Pictures below show some of this work.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #202 of Dean’s work and the focus was fixing and removing trees that, now that we have a sky integrated, show boxes around them. You can see some screenshots of this process below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 30th week as a member of the team and began working on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Plastic Recycling, Repurposing, and Reuse Options tutorial. He started the week by addressing comments related to web editions for previous pages he’s created, updated the Website/Web Page Reviewing Checklist with them, and then started working on the plastic recycling article. He began doing normal review, advanced a little bit, but then realized he was intrigued about the actual content, so he decided to read it through and improve the article. This time he went through the majority of the content and links commenting where there could be room for improvement. In the following weeks he is planing to continue plastic research and implement these improvements. Below are pictures of some of his work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 14th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis researched alternative materials for the Net-Zero Bathroom’s roof. He found 4 options which included a non-toxic wood sealant for a wooden roof, galvanized steel, galvalume, and aluminum sheeting. Wood was omitted due to issues with sustainability and flammability. Galvanized steel was cost effective and durable, but had a tendency to leach zinc. It was a close race between galvalume and aluminum, but galvalume came out on top by costing 50% less with greater durability and having similar anti corrosive properties. After researching and finding vendors that supply galvalume sheeting he updated the cost analysis and material list to include galvalume in the roofing material section. With galvalume selected he began updating the AutoCAD roof plan to coincide with the material list. Trim molding, butyl tape, and fasteners are options for attaching and sealing the sheets. Pictures are below for this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 13th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week she began working on the back side and interior construction of the main wall. The spacing and placement of electrical outlets has led to many questions because those additional changes were made after the first instruction documents were made and laid out. Now we are going through and making sure that all the outlets are in the correct place and visuals are added to represent those placements and measurements. We think that the wall section is almost complete and we will be able to incorporate the electrical work to the instructions soon. Pictures below show this extensive work-in-progress.
Hannah Copeman (Structural Engineer) completed her 11th week helping complete all the Earthbag Village tutorials. This week Hannah continued the development of the Footer, Foundation and Flooring tutorial by making edits and working on the centerpoint establishment and excavation sections. She redesigned two potential options for the dome: one without a buttress, for domes in colder climates and the other with an above-grade buttress, for domes in warmer climates. Hannah also continued the development of the tools required to place nails within a concrete trough, to replace the use of barbed wire. You can see some screenshots of this work below.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 6th week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week Jingwei completed the SketchUp model. Next step is to settle the planting pallet and modify the Auto CAD plan. Next week, Jingwei will focus on planting pallets. Pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
One Community is forwarding a global eco-collaborative movement 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 Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 7th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia placed the boilers in the AutoCAD drawings, researched the details of using water supply risers for the building, and worked on learning and applying new skills in Google Spreadsheets. Pictures below show some of this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 5th week helping with the Duplicable City Center landscaping design and updated video walkthrough. This week Qiuheng continued working on the City Center walkthrough making modifications in both the SketchUp file and Lumion file. Corrections included fixing a texture issue in the entry scene, the doorway to the Dining Dome, a spacing issue between the Dining Dome floor and ceiling, adding a ceiling to the entryway to the Social Dome, and correcting textures in the Social Dome. You can see some of this work below.
Lindy Bray (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 5th week helping confirm and expand the research on the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc.. This week Lindy finished working on the suggestions made by the core team, with the exception of finding out what companies source and manufacture materials in the US. She is still waiting on responses from them before finalizing their score. Lindy did a little bit more research on the non-recyclables tutorial too, but most of the week was spent addressing questions and adding the finishing touches and corrections to the sustainable flooring tutorial. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Maria Fernanda Urdaneta (Civil Engineer) completed her 2nd week working on the ground-based components of the City Center Water Catchment Design. This week Maria helped check and complete the initial rainwater catchment piping design. You can see some of this work below.
One Community is forwarding a global eco-collaborative movement 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 began work on the Transition Kitchen final updates and assembly instructions. This week we finished placement of all foundation concrete posts (corner, roof support, inside and outside perimeter posts). We also researched joist spacing placement (24” OC) and designed them in the SketchUp model. We updated the foundation for entry/exit sides too, then we began work on flooring options using OSB /plywood and 2”x6” boards. Pictures of this work are below.
Daniela Lazarescu (Chef Adviser) also joined the team joined the team and completed her first week working on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week she added the first two weeks of recipes to the outline, using a new daily rotation scheme of rotating through the four staples. For each meal, the two variants (Omnivore and Vegan) have been described. There isn’t an explicit “Omnivore recipe day” or Vegan one, as all recipes have been chosen to be easily prepared in both ways. The daily rotation of staples also means two consecutive meals are, for example, potato based. To keep the meals diverse and interesting, they are split over two days, i.e. first a dinner, second a lunch, so there is a night and a breakfast in the middle. In this way, a person will have almost forgotten their first potato meal when they see the second. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 5th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu updated the new version for the large production aquapini in photoshop. She balanced the production and sitting areas for participants. She also searched for some precedents for outdoor landscape design to come up with some new ideas and thoughts and finished the final rendering for outdoor landscape design in photoshop. Jiayu will begin the new journey in the next few weeks for making models, then she will establish the Lumion version. Some pictures of this work-in-progress are below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 4th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana solved for a new temperature for deltaR to test a possible solution. However, the roots to the polynomial were all imaginary, and real roots are needed for this case. Diana continued to adjust the code for the analytical solution and decided to change Ti which is the temperature of the soil as you go deeper into the earth. She found that the data analytical solution would match the data when the Ti was equal to the max temperature at that depth, which is incorrect. Then, she plotted Temperature vs depth to check if the temperature reaches Ti as x reaches infinity but it reached a value greater than Ti. Diana was able to find the source of the problem and fixed her analytical solution. The analytical solution now accurately determines the temperature of a soil at different depths provided we have air temperature, wind velocity, and soil properties.Lastly, Diana analyzed the system on a berm and provided instructions on how to find the depth with the incline. You can see pictures of some of this work-in-progress below.
Yiran “Lily” Chen (Sustainability Coordinator) completed her 3rd week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Lily kept working on researching the recommended length of tubes but finds out there is not an optimal value. It depends on other parameters to test out based on the analytical simulation for the most efficient value. Lily shifted her focus on the second factor which is the cost of tube through market research to test out the relationship between the cost of tube and the length of tube. You can see pictures related to this research below.
Reyes Mendoza (Mechanical Engineering Student) also completed his 3rd week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Reyes focused on trying to create an analytical understanding on what distances would work best for the piping. So far he found out how to find the heat transfer rate between the pipes using distance between pipes, diameter of pipes, thermal conductivity of soil, and surface temperature of pipes. You can see below some pictures related to this work.
One Community is forwarding a global eco-collaborative movement 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 forwarding a global eco-collaborative movement 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 26 hours managing One Community emails, social media accounts, and volunteer-work review and collaboration.
The core team also continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we completed the first draft of the Large-Scale Consensus content. This process included 1) translating a master summary table that details the structure of the large-scale consensus to paragraph form; 2) Updating the large-scale consensus mindmap to reflect the master summary table; 3) Updating the calculator to incorporate final criteria for group sizes and number of groups; 4) Adding a section that explains the transition points using the calculator to determine the number of groups based on the population size; 5) Adding text to explain the pathway of an idea from generation to implementation. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 28th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week’s focus was completing the process of promoting our project and the One Community helping page to all the US television stations. You can see below the list of the final ones he contacted this week and a version of the press release he is sharing.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 21st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK talent team continued working on the Azure migration, the issue with the login is still there even trying with the API hosted in Heroku. Below are the screenshots of the environment and the CI/CD pipeline and the problem solving process continues.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 23rd week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen got some demonstrable progress. She solved a few merge conflicts and merged the updates from Github. The badge components also got mounted to the most updated Dashboard page. Screenshots of mobile view were created at 100px, 120px, and 150px. Wen used the Chrome dev tool to emulate an iPhone and iPad view and Wen created a modal popup, so when a user clicks the “Full View” button, they will see on whatever platform they are using a full list of the badges earned. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 11th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor worked on the specifics for UnitedHealthcare. She researched each plan’s benefits and associated costs and deduced them to 7 plans worth looking more into. You can see some of this work below.
Jun Hao (Software Engineer) also completed his 9th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jun was working on the unit tests of the new user profile page component. Because of the refactor and redesign of the whole component, unit tests need to be implemented again. Jun also fixed some bugs he noticed while he was doing unit tests and began adding more features to the user profile component as per core team feedback. You can see some of this work below.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 7th week helping create the YouTube and social media graphics for the update blogs. This week Jaime created images for weekly progress updates #420, #421, #422, #423 and #424. You can see these newly created images below.
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