Global regeneration has never been needed more. One Community is creating open source plans to build teacher/demonstration hubs that will share and teach people how to accomplish it. These plans include sustainable and DIY-replicable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. When combined, they will demonstrate an example of what we call living and creating for “The Highest Good of All.”
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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 May 3rd, 2020 edition (#371) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is facilitating global regeneration 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 Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed his 25th week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was fixing a glitch where a person vanished and another suddenly appeared, adding more trees, shrubs, and other greenery throughout the village, removing a TV so we can show one room without it, and adding and removing various objects on the shelves within the domes. You can see some screenshots of this below.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 22nd week with the team and continued research for the Best Small and Large-scale Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options tutorials. This week, Oluyomi cleaned up the 4 material processing tutorials formatting and made sure the references were all listed in order. He also conducted further research to determine the best practices for One Community’s plan to tackle recycling of each of these materials. Lastly, Oluyomi completed a table comparing roadway material options for the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also joined the team and completed her 1st week as a member of the team. This week Angela began researching Clothing Recycling/Repurposing Options. First, she researched brands that use recycled textiles and/or incorporated sustainable practices. Then she began exploring options for individual consumers. These included donating to thrift stores and various options offered by large municipalities that recycle clothing.
One Community is facilitating global regeneration 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 and interior design details. This week we focused on elements within the Social Dome. This included updating the floor design by adding the N-E-S-W, designed the four-panel glass door, updated the dome opening for the four-panels door, updated the railing to a bamboo texture, updated pool border to match the stone planters, designed the wall bench between the two doors, designed the entry door dirt catchment track, and created and placed four sofas and 5 sets of 2 chairs and tables. Pictures of all of this are below.
Alvaro Hernandez (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) also completed his 6th week as a member of the volunteer team. This week Alvaro continued with development of the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. He revised the page layout, proposed improvements to the collaboration process, and continued updating the content and logging the related time measurements. Related to this, Alvaro also got his Highest Good Network software local development environment running. This is the time and materials tracking software we’re developing and he suggested minor changes to the setup guide and began dashboard unit tests. You can see a combination of these two areas of work below.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 8th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week Radhieka started benchmarking the types of flooring to better assign ranks to them. She researched the manufacturing process and installation processes to evaluate the carbon footprint for each and also added important updates to the descriptions. She did this for Cork, Linoleum, Bamboo, Tile, Concrete, and Carpet. She slightly updated the introduction as well. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is facilitating global regeneration 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 finished researching if we need to be concerned about CO2 levels in the Aquapini/Walipini structures. What we found was some truly fascinating research about how excessive CO2 affects nutritional value of plants, which has been known and suspected within the plant research community for sometime. A more detailed summary can now be found in the FAQ sections of the Aquapini and Walipini page and the Highest Good food page.
The core team also continued developing the open source permaculture design content. This week the Phased Rollout Table was completed. Text was also completed for the Stewardship Infrastructure within Step 2 of the Permaculture Design Case Study. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 23rd week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week he finished the small structure’s roof and exterior shell structural members by choosing 10X49 Wide Flange main beams, 10X49 Wide Flange columns, 5X3X3/16 Hollow Structural Section wall and roof supports, and 6X25 Wide Flange secondary beams. He also chose loam as the berm soil behind the structures based on angle of repose of 40ᵒ, finished the topo around the small structures in the south, continued modeling the large structures roof and exterior shell, and continued editing the topo behind the back and side walls. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 88% complete with the structural details.
One Community is facilitating global regeneration 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 75th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he finished work on the yellow room by adding the final objects to the shelving. This room is represents the subject of Math and various empowering character traits and the final render can now be found on the website.
Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) also completed her 2nd week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao checked the critical state building code, 2019 California Building Code for minimum plumbing number and occupancy load. Based on the new requirement and function, she updated the floor plan. The new floor plan kept the furniture layout, maintained adequate storage spaces, utilized natural roof ventilation, skylights, and built operable partitions between classrooms. Interior corners in the classrooms were updated to perpendicular or larger than 90 degrees, which allows for a more flexible furniture layout for different owners. It is also optional to adjust the outline of the floor plan closer to a circular shape. For the use of community recreation or other events, a potential kitchen was also designed for consideration as part of the floor plan. Zebao additionally analyzed the heating and cooling ventilation within the building on building sections. According to the products research, the operable partitions can use tracks in the ceiling, avoiding tracks on the floor, which would be easier for maintenance. To operate the roof skylight, the product with solar power and remote control is also built with the rain sensor to close automatically in bad weather. She also updated the structure form to match the new building form. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 3% complete.
One Community is facilitating global regeneration 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 Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 2nd week helping promote our project and the One Community helping page to educators, engineering schools, and possible funders. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and just offered to help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in it. You can see this last week’s list of who he contacted below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 14th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry focused on how to reorder tasks. He changed the move up and down function for reordering the tasks to much more user friendly drag and drop option. You can see some of this work below.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 7th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen designed and improved the Dashboard layout. For the backend, two more fields were added to the badge collection and a boolean type for “featured” was used to avoid duplicate data. For the frontend, time was mostly spent on the Reactstrap library (Card, Layout, etc) and CSS work, plus some component restructuring and reassigning. Some screenshots of Wen’s work-in-progress are below.
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