How to build a global cooperative? Make cooperative and sustainable living easy enough, affordable enough, and attractive enough to spread on its own. Do this collaboratively with open source and free-shared plans that clearly identify how much effort/labor and money it will take, and eco-tourism prototypes (aka teacher/demonstration hubs) that people can visit and experience for themselves how much better the lifestyle is.
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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 Jan 2nd, 2022 edition (#458) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is demonstrating how to build a global cooperative 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 the schedule for next year to continue compression testing Aircrete with the existing Compression Testing Team. They also arranged to get assistance to wrap up energy demand estimates, helped onboard a new volunteer to assist with City Center hub connector design, and addressed and resolved comments in grid-tie tutorials and related spreadsheets. Pictures below are related to this.
This week Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #234 of Dean’s work and the focus was several more unsuccessful hours of lighting testing and adjustments, re-rendering to check the results, then trying other strategies. The latest and final tests are below and we’ve decided to move on from fixing these bottle lights. They are a small enough component of the structure and the render that we’ll see if we can fix them in post production with PhotoShop and just be ok with them not glowing if we can’t.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 76th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis analyzed the procedure needed to construct the support structure for the rainwater barrels of the Net-Zero Bathroom. He began by reviewing the parts he listed previously and added an additional support to the list of required materials. The support is used at the base to hold the main beams in place. Next Jose Luis began rendering the supports to use them as diagrams for the rain barrel structure section of the instructions/tutorial and then analyzed and constructed the diagrams and necessary steps to correctly orient the structure for optimal accessibility. The pictures below show some of this work.
Karla Ulloa (Front end Developer) completed her 6th week helping with website design. This week Karla finished adding needed content to the existing table, edited and proofread the content, and adjusted the materials table because it is not showing up correctly on the live site. She also added code names to applicable tools/materials and equipment on the spreadsheet and remaining needed content to the correct dropbox folders. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is demonstrating how to build a global cooperative 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 Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 26th week helping, now with content related to the Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank worked on reading through the ASHRAE Systems handbook and looking for equipment and machines that make up HVAC systems as related to the needs of the Walipinis and Aquapinis, as well as the Tropical Atrium. He also made corrections on the tutorial for the SAM program. The pictures below relate to this.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 24th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus completed section B-B and started to complete section C-C. She added columns and furniture and corrected various details according to the new floor and basement plans. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 20th week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. This week he completed the semi-final render for the Pallet Wardrobe and added it to the progress folder. He noticed there was a hole missing and a segment which he couldn’t find though, so will need to re-render. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 17th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she researched the wooden roof and made a roof model in SketchUp to help with choosing the best roof structure. After meeting with Jae, the roof structure was confirmed and then she updated the roof plan on the Master AutoCAD file. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 14th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she continued working on adding the furniture to the restrooms on the first floor of the Living Dome and the bedrooms on the 2nd-floor. Huiya also added the Living Dome shell, windows, railings, and furniture on the rooftop patio. In addition, she resized some furniture according to the layout and area of each room. Pictures of some of this work are below.
George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 11th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week George continued to research possible ways to bend quarter-inch steel sheets. There are very few methods to bend quarter inch thick plates that are 12″ width. One option is to purchase pre-bent brackets by a machine shop and get them transported to the point of use. Another option is to create bent large plates by cutting them and welding them at the desired angle. This would unfortunately bring down the strength of the bracket. George continues to look into other options, such as wood inlays and glue to strengthen the joints before using the brackets. Also tapering the beams to create a joint may be worth looking into. The pictures below relate to this work.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj worked on optimizing the bending process of the brackets for the City Center Dome Hub Connectors. He researched which machines can be used for bending connectors on site and the width of the stock bar these machines use. Raj researched bolts that can be used to make the connection stronger and withstand the shear force that will be acting on them. He also ran simulation studies on a redesigned smaller and thicker connector that can be bent by the portable bending machine to see if this connector would be able to withstand the forces without surpassing the yield strength. Pictures below are related to this work.
Hyun-Young Kim (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the City Center Eco-spa SolidWorks modeling and testing. This week, he read the project document to update himself on the current progress and necessary tasks. Then Hyun-Young talked with Luis to determine what types of calculations he should get started on. He decided to check the total heat loss from the tub using some simplifications, with no fluid dynamics. Hyun-Young imported the CAD model into Ansys and manipulated the geometry to create the necessary surfaces/bodies to represent water, air, and the contacts and then set the water convection, the outside air convection, and ground conduction as boundary conditions. Next he solved for the heat output from the water, as well as heat from the air and ground, which should some up to net zero. The calculation, however, requires more checking and refinement, primarily a better meshing/converged meshing. It also has several assumptions and simplifications, which needs to be either clarified with Luis or replaced with more complex calculations. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is demonstrating how to build a global cooperative 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 continued the comprehensive review and final edits and additions to our Sheep research. This week we researched sheep and goat separation and finished up the (previously finished) sheep intro again because we will not be grazing goats and sheep together due to disease transmission and fighting rams knocking the heck out of the fighting bucks while dislocating their hips because the bucks stand up on their hind legs while the rams stay close to the ground charging like a bull. There are also issues with copper in goat feed not being good for sheep. See below for the pictures related to this work.
The core team additionally worked on updating the Chicken Coop Building Instruction document. We finished updating the section for installation of shutters for ventilation openings and started to work on the section of the document related to building of the removable manure collection trays. We finished detailed instructions with updated images for the tray located on the northwest side of the coop. Pictures below are related to this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 65th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng worked on continuing revising the walkthrough video of the Aquapini and Walipini project. She fixed some people’s movement issues and adjusted the clip sequence so that people will not have unreal movements. Qiuheng also worked on the CAD file to match the current design. Pictures below are related to this.
Jennifer Lee (Graphic Designer) also completed her 4th week working on the open source and DIY Permaculture Design staging page. She populated the page with content from the “Scale of Permanence” section to the “Step 2: Assess Site Through Observation and Research” section. Jennifer added text, optimized images, and linked resources. She plans to optimize the remaining images of the document in the next week as well as format any text that she can. See below for pictures related to this work.
Anna Cheal (Culinary Nutritionist) completed her 4th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Anna completed two recipes: Blueberry Peanut Butter Smoothie and Greek Orzo Salmon Salad. Both of these recipes are still in the review process. It was only a partial volunteer week for Anna due to Christmas and traveling. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is demonstrating how to build a global cooperative 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 demonstrating how to build a global cooperative 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 18 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.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenko (Graphic Designer) also completed her 20th week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week she worked on the 2000, 3000, and 5000 hr badges. Attached images show some of the icon development and then final results for these. Pictures below are related to this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya worked on the Admin Functionality to edit a user date and raised PR 342 as the fix. This made the “save” button active when just editing the date for volunteers. Pictures below are related to this work.
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