Imitating eco-success is about integrating the successful strategies of nature into our design models for living. One Community sees opportunities for this in all areas of sustainability, from food, energy, and housing to education, social architecture, and fulfilled living too. We are creating open source and free-shared tools, tutorials and resources to build the teacher/demonstration hubs that will further these designs and this movement, globally.
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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 March 12th, 2023 edition (#520) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is imitating eco-success 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 had conversations with the Compression Testing Team about this week’s plan and their results, we also did some troubleshooting. Task-based deadlines were prepared for the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering Team and Yiwei was assigned to the solar content. Had a meeting with the hub connector team for next steps and results to date.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 23rd week helping with web design, now focused on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing & Reuse of Non-recyclables page. Charles spent the week working on comments, these included adding missing anchor links in the sub Table of Contents, adding some missing links, and some minor edits. Charles also worked on addressing comments for the “Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping” tutorial. This included mostly updating several undated images by moving the title from the image to the caption. There was some missing content that needed to be added too. Pictures below are related to this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 17th weeks helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team made three batches of aircrete. The first batch was made normally with Drexel, the second batch was made with RO (reverse-osmosis; soft water) using 7th Generation soap, and the third was made using normal tap water and 7th Gen soap. After making the last batch, our scale needed to be re-calibrated. The calibration weights needed to do this were not in the lab. Pictures below are related to this work.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) completed her 10th week helping review the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage engineering calculations and designs. This week Loza reviewed the report document and two topics were reviewed, rainwater harvesting systems and wastewater filtration systems. The literature points were added in the report document. Rainwater harvesting system material types were also reported in the document. See below for some pictures related to this.
Vidhi Bansal (3D Visualization Artist) completed her 6th week helping with video and AutoCAD renders for a 4-dome cluster Earthbag Village housing design. This week Vidhi worked on creating pre-visualizations, setting cameras and observing how the textures, foliage and the building appeared under motion. This helped her detect some technical issues with foliage which she is currently solving and should be sorted out by next week, as well as some glitchy movements that will be corrected. The motion test also helped her understand how the lighting appeared on the digital camera and interacted with the building. She will work toward creating a stronger contrast and clear lighting for the final renders. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community is imitating eco-success 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 reviewed the latest Duplicable City Center SketchUp file for accuracy and updated the first and second floors of the Social Dome by moving and reshaping furniture to fit between the doors on the first floor. On the second floor, we moved the door and window away from the conflicting column. We also moved/placed washers in the Laundry Room in the correct location and, in the Dining Dome, removed an extra column, moved the kitchen appliances that conflicted with supporting columns, shifted shelves and tables close to the wall, and removed/moved the compass mosaic from the kitchen to the correct location outside. See below.
The core team also continued working with a new member of the team on what’s needed for the complete Duplicable City Center cabinetry. This week involved familiarization with the SketchUp software, then careful study of the SketchUp model of the Duplicable City Center, then creating a WBS separated by functional area of all the item that require design based on the AutoCad model, the SketchUp model, and the Community website. Last was researching standards for the design of the items from the WBS. See related pictures below.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 25th week volunteering, now focused on the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Mercy 1) found Youtube videos for each “How to apply” section for readers’ reference, 2) wrote brief introductions for sanitization and oxidation sections, 3) expanded research on ozonator and reevaluated its effectiveness, 4) added advantages & disadvantages, a “How to apply” section, and a recommended product to non-chlorine shocks and enzyme-based treatment. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 13th week working on the updated video for the Duplicable City Center internal and external walkthrough. This week, Ranran emailed Tatyana to update the latest model. She kept working on modifying some areas in the SketchUp model according to Tatyana’s comments. She fixed the blocked door on the right side of the inside pool, on the first floor of the Social Dome. She also cleared an extra wall inside the Social dome, first floor on the right side of the pool between two doors. In addition, Ranran updated the Lumion file according to modified parts and selected three views that needed to be rendered. These three rendering views are in front of the main door, garden, and water tower. See below for some pictures of this work.
Julio E. Marin Bustillos (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. This week, Julio finalized the modified (One Community) geodesic dome using SolidWorks and Inventor. The modified dome is different from the traditional because each row of triangles are of equal vertical height. He also performed an FEA analysis for the traditional dome. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yiwei He (Mechanical Engineer) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering. This week, Yiwei researched how to complete a finite element analysis of dome structures, such as those in the Duplicable City Center, and also started modeling the most recent model in Solidworks. Yiwei also started to organize the solar content report on choosing solar hardware. Pictures of some of this work are below.
One Community is imitating eco-success 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 also worked more one the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week we began the week working on the Master Recipe and adding DIY recipes to the Ingredient List. We were also working on the Master Shopping list to ensure everything was linked and calculating correctly. While working on the Master Shopping list, we noticed the website links and costs in the Master Food Costs were misaligned and/or incorrect. Once we noticed the issue with the Master Food Costs, we began working on that so the costs were correct. See below for pictures related to this.
Rebecca Miller (Chef) completed her 5th week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week, Rebecca continued her work on editing recipes. Rebecca added metric measurements and continued editing instructions as necessary. Rebecca updated instructions to better reflect the available ingredients and for ease of cooking once the recipes have been scaled to larger portions. Rebecca is about halfway done editing recipes, and she will continue this work next week. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community is imitating eco-success 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 imitating eco-success 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 23 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.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 45th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun was working on the depenababots PRs clean up, she left the three build error PRs due to Nithesh’s guide. She also finished the rework on her “people report pie chart updates” PR. Then Yiyun took over the urgent bug #1, “add a new tab on weekly summaries”. Other than that, she helped the team on Slack, problem solving as usual. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 31st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. For this week, Yan worked on refining her code. So far, the front-end framework of this new web page and the back-end controller, router, model, and database have been roughly built, but the code is not clean and concise. She also created a document about how to work with our email sender code and shared it with Nyah and Aishwarya. See pictures below for some of this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan Yau (Software Engineer) completed his 18th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Alan started by working on resolving issues in past PRs. He started working on the “mark task done PR”, and by the end of the week he was able to fix the issues and the PR was merged into the development branch. Then he worked on resolving issues on duplicate name popup PR, and it hasn’t been merged because of some problems in the form, and it was not accepting some phone numbers where they had less than 10 digits. Alan fixed that and hopefully it can be reviewed again soon. He then worked on the “subfolder tasks not displaying” fix. Alan was able to solve the main problem when closing the mother folder and then reopening it, but there is still the issue where the edit still shows after closing the folder when clicking to edit a subtask or folder. Pictures below show some of this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 18th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang made some user experience improvements on the 24/48/72 hours button. For now, the button that is selected will show a gray border around the button, this tells the user which one is selected right now. He also spent a couple of hours on reviewing PR#690, this one works for every other developer but does not work for him, so he did some tests and debugging and found a possible issue that might cause this problem. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) completed her 15th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jianjun has found a new function for the member table of the project report page. She found that the data stored in the fetched url cannot fulfill the requirement. It could cause unwanted trouble to modify the backend data structure so she managed to get the required information with changes only made to the frontend. Now the report page will only display its active members but keep records of both active and the all-time member count. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rajasri “RJ” Janaki Raman (React/MongoDB Full-stack Developer) completed her 14th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week RJ worked on final testing and raised the PR for performance optimization after final bug fixing. She also made an analysis doc, had a call with Anant, worked on 1 review point which wasn’t caused by her PR, and reviewed Alan’s duplicate user name PR and added comments and test cases for others to test. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Johny completed 2 items of the task “Make the subtasks in a WBS create a new folder”, he chose to split the task in two, now he is working on a way to show all the tasks in the same folder, the first part of the task has been resolved and the PR has already been reviewed and merged, now Johny is doing his best to finish the last item of this task. Pictures below show some of this work.
Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Aishwarya started working on an urgent priority bug with Johny. She tested many times and found that the issue was not reproducible. The issue occurred only with Jae’s account on his desktop, so it was parked as of now. Aishwarya then went through the videos and documents shared by RJ regarding the performance issues of the Dashboard, time log, and SummaryBar. Later she went through and commented on the PR raised by Alan #684 in which a few of the imports were removed. This review was requested by RJ. Now Aishwarya started working on a task where a new email functionality is to be added. She has gone through files where similar functionality is implemented and videos on nodemailer. Aishwarya also went through the document provided by Yan. Pictures below show some of this work.
Raul Effting. (Jr. Front-End Web Developer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Raul continuously reviewed and approved PRs. Frontend PRs included: 688, 686, 684, 682 Backend PRs included: 283, 281. He also worked on the following functionalities: “When creating a new task, remove the need to click the dropdown to see the list of people, have list auto-populate instead as names are typed.” and “Connect the new reports frontend to the real data”. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Rafael C Castro (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rafael reviewed some PR reviews, checked their related code, moved PRs to their final review and continued at developing the responsiveness adjustments for the WBS Task screen. PRs reviewed included PR#657, PR#285, PR#622, PR#654, PR#670, PR#687, PR#690, PR#692. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Prabhjot Singh (Fullstack Software Engineer) also completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Prabhjot submitted his First PR. This PR fixed the Mobile responsiveness of the tasks section. He found it a little bit difficult due to the HTML table, because he didn’t work that much with tables before. But After some research, Prabhjot was able to figure out a Good solution. He also resolved all conflicts and followed all guidelines to make a Good PR. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Akshay (Full Stack Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Akshay began actively working on the HGN Software Development project. He reviewed and approved PR #687 and provided a suggestion to round off the hours. He also approved PR #689, which included performance optimizations for the Timelog, Summary Bar, and Leaderboard components. In addition, Akshay reviewed and approved fixes for PR #692 and PR #285, which addressed issues related to the Timelog page not loading and default role status for deleted roles, respectively. He also fixed an issue in the Leaderboard where NaN was being displayed instead of the total weekly hours. Apart from these tasks, Akshay also looked into some bugs in the HGN App documentation and reviewed the Reports front-end and back-end code. Pictures below are examples of this.
Jinchao Feng (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Jinchao fixed the bug ‘after creating a role and setting it to an user, if this role is deleted, the user role becomes Administrator by default’ and raised and followed up the PR, #285. He then worked on the bug: ‘updating a role of a user on the “Profile Page”‘ and reviewed the Redux document: Redux fundamentals. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Harlley Bastos (Full Stack Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Harlley started to develop the Timer Idle functionality. He tried many ways to handle this problem but the only way that works as hoped was to show a pop-up after 5 mins of inactivity of the user on the app. He’ll continue to search. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
The Highest Good Network software PR Review team also worked to test all of the above PRs and find any bugs they could within those PRs and the software as a whole. This week’s active members of this team and how many weeks they’ve been with us are as follows: Anant Sharma (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week, Angelina Truong (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 3rd week, Ayush Tripathi (Full Stack Developer) completed his 4th week, Crystal Song (Software Engineer) completed her 2nd week, Daniel Brice Kamghem Kom (Software Developer) completed his 3rd week, Jay Kang (Web Development Volunteer) completed his 2nd week, Kamto Tagne Eddy Richel (Full Stack Web Developer) completed his 3rd week, Lucas Emanuel Souza Silva (Software Developer) completed his 3rd week, Meenakshi Pavithran (Software Egineer) completed her 3rd week, Sav Costabile (Web Developer) completed his 3rd week, Tianjue Wang (Software Developer) completed her 5th week, Vitor Adriel (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week, and Xinyu Jiang (Software Engineer) completed her 5th week. The collage below shows some of the work from this team.
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