Here is the One Community Highest Good for All progress update (#7) for the week of 4/8/2013 including the video overview, most recent architectural images, links to the most recently completed pages, and more! 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.
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
This last week for One Community has been heavily focused on food infrastructure progress. Doug Stenhouse (Architect and Water Color Artist) spent the whole week adapting, updating, and finalizing the site layout for all the aquapini, zen aquapini, and walipini structures. These final designs went through three major iterations and redesigns:
This first iteration was an indicator that we had too many retaining walls and needed to improve our ability to move around the site and structures for maintenance and ease of use.
This second iterations was true brilliance from Doug! This general design is ultimately what we ended up going with but we wanted to move the solar panels off the water, increase the insulation of the earth around the corners of the subterranean structures, increase seating for the amphitheater this design provides, and we realized we could use the same sloping and planting of the earth to eliminate almost all of the driveway retaining walls.
Here is the final layout of the structures including a cross section drawing looking South. This final design features:
Doug also completed the Zen Aquapini designs based off the ongoing and amazing consulting of Avery Ellis (Aquaponics Specialist and owner/operator of Integrated Aquaponics). In support of our open source goals, these combination aquapinis are purposed to provide a food production system that will be both functional and a beautiful place to relax or entertain people. Our goal with these is maximum food diversity and inspiring people to build these in their backyard as a way to produce a volume and diversity of food for all their family and friends (and several additional families) while also creating an aesthetically pleasing place to go and sit “in nature” even when it’s cold and uncomfortable outside. Notable features include:
We’re still designing the “zen” and beauty aspects of this structure but here are the grow zones we have to work with:
TOTAL GROWING SPACE PER ZEN AQUAPINI: 1454 square feet
We also completed our first blog (of 3) about our path to the design of our open source and free-shared time tracking and assessment application. It’s been 2 years in the coming, over 6 months of development, 3 months of beta testing, and continues to evolve.
This past week we additionally completed the research for two more pages of the Education for Life Program and completed the web design for two pages too. Here are the two pages that are completed as part of the open source education hub:
Karl Harris (Architect Drafter, Designer, and founder of Harris Design & Technology Services) and Charles McLean (Architecture & Urban Agriculture Designer, Professor, and owner of OM Greengroup) also completed the following for the SEGO Center City Hub:
All that remains now is the addition of one more emergency exit and we’ll then be back to focusing on 3D renderings of everything while our partners at P2S Engineering are working on what we need to build the SEGO Center as a LEED Platinum certified building.
More info on this component:
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