One Community is forwarding intentional community design through open source and free-shared step-by-step plans for replication. The comprehensive plans include food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more.
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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 January 1st, 2023 edition (#510) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is forwarding intentional community design 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team had a meeting with the aircrete team and discussed the plan during winter break, and looked over data gathered to this point, so as to provide more guidance to the students. The same team member also reviewed solar sizing work, Net-zero Bathroom rainwater catchment content, and discussed how to move forward with City Center hub connector conclusions and final review after finding some errors.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 36th week helping with the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week, Ming did the final step of inquiry with Dongguan Haibao with its representative and engineers. It turned out the cost of waste separation for downstream recycling and WTE methods is the most economical option. A customized waste separator system is an option they provide. They suggest incorporation of their product with specialized incinerators / pyrolyzers / gasifiers. Ming also started working on writing theoretical parts of the documents, using work from his previous weeks. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 16th week helping with web design. Charles spent the week working on the Flexible Pavement Design section of the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. This included part A (preliminary analysis), part B (California Bearing Ratio Design Procedure), part C (Required Structural Number Design Procedure: American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHTO)’s model), part D (Quality Assurance and Quality Control) and most of part E (Flexible Pavement Widening). Charles included alt text and mouseover text for the images, and mouseover text for the links. There were also several anchor links from special technical terms to the glossary. In one paragraph, Charles inserted Greek character codes rather than using screenshots.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 15th week with the team. This week, Julia continued to review and address integrated feedback on the “Addressing Non-recyclables” Google Doc and the “Waste to energy incinerators master” Spreadsheets. She made various updates to the spreadsheet format to make it more visually effective. Julia then completed her first review of the “Hot Tub Sanitizer Alternatives” Google Doc and the “Hot tub sanitary non-chlorine alternative” sheet in the “Waste to energy incinerators master” Spreadsheet. She used the comments to offer her feedback for expanded research and further edits. Also this week, Julia worked on completing the “Open Source Climate Battery Design” webpage. She added the requested additional resources from the corresponding Google Doc to the live page and then backed them all up to her Dropbox folder. She then checked that all of the items in the “Resources” section on the webpage had been backed up to the correct folder. For those that weren’t, Julia added them to the folder and labeled each item to match what’s on the webpage. She then finalized this task by writing the webpage summary and fixing final coding issues throughout. She also had a meeting with Jae about what’s needed to fully update the “City Center Eco-laundry” webpage with the 100s of hours or additional research we have.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 10th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip worked on the descriptions of every door to rank them properly. He also improved the narratives per material and ranked them according to which material is the most sustainable. And he also changed the spreadsheet and some of the topics being discussed. For the final topic “costs” he is still looking to optimize the table. See below for some pictures of this work.
Yifei Zhu (Analyst and Researcher) also completed her 7th week working on reviewing and formatting for publication the newest content for the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage. This week Yifei revised the net-zero bathroom content. She replied to the comments, updated the tables in the writeup because the tables were updated to have fewer significant digits, proofread the whole document, and made sure the grammar was proper. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is forwarding intentional community design 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 Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 59th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus completed roofs number 1, 2, and 3. She modeled the roof according to the SketchUp model on the Revit file, made a section of the roofs to show the R-value and define the roof layers. See pictures below.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 66th week, now helping with energy analysis for our open source solar microgrid design. This week Luis continued updating the Solar Sizing calculations for the Earthbag Village, Duplicable City Center, Ultimate Classroom, and Straw Bale Village. He focused on the components that exceeded 400 kWh of usage across the sites, he updated some outdated information on that tab, and added to the description of how to use this spreadsheet. Pictures below are related to this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 57th week, focusing now on the Duplicable City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. This week Daniela continued to go through the images that were untitled, attempted to find them online, and researched the proper titles that correlated with the image. Jae then presented her with a new task, reviewing the Net-zero Bathroom content. She read through the action list and asked a few questions, then reviewed multiple tabs from the google sheet for the calculations and initialized her name on each row where the calculations were approved. Pictures below are related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 26th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela worked on updating posters for older movies, worked on trim around the ticket booth/window, fixed the problem with the box for the TV, and changed the tower sound system on the floor to a wall sound system. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 4th week working on the updated video internal and external walkthrough for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ranran focused on modifying the SketchUp model based on feedback from last week and the previous renderings. She also cooperated with Jae to verify some details in the model. Modified areas include 1) Social Dome hall: Made the seats around the tree spacious enough and removed the plants around the tree 2) Dining Dome: Repaired the grate at the doorway so that it is at the same height as the ground; modeled roof lights and added them to the dining room‘s roof. In addition, Ranran and Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) discussed the design of the entrance door. According to the precedent given by Yuxi, Ranran designed a sketch of the door. Ranran also applied the tree branch shape to the entrance door and imported the sketch into AutoCAD for modification. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is forwarding intentional community design 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 core team continued detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We worked on the 3-Day Menu Block doc correcting areas where ingredients in the ingredients list were included in the instructions. We also posted a few comments asking for further clarity, increased amounts of ingredients where the quantities deemed necessary, and updated to green all areas of work through page 45.5 that were complete during this first comprehensive draft review. Pictures below relate to this work.
Another member of the core team also started adding final chicken details to the Chickens webpage. We researched information about incubation and hatching chicken eggs and provided a spreadsheet with temperature and humidity requirements for each day of the incubation cycle. We also started research about fencing to protect chickens from ground and aerial predators, and added research links to the resource section.
One Community is forwarding intentional community design 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 intentional community design 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:
Over the past week the core team completed 27 hours managing One Community volunteer-work review not included above, emails, social media accounts, web development, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and setting up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 37th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into fixing the “blue squares cannot be deleted” problem. She solved the problem and raised a PR for it. Yiyun also helped with a broad diversity of management work, providing help on Slack, fixing release merge conflicts, PR reviews, etc. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 23rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yan tried to fix the bug with blue square emails not sending when blue squares are manually added to a person. After investigating she found this may be caused by the bug high priority 3 that users can not save the user profile when clicking to add a blue square. After deeper investigation, she found it was caused by the Axios put error. Now Yan is trying to fix this Axios put function on the frontend and backend. See pictures below for some of this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) rejoined the team and completed her 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya started looking into the blue square sorting issue. She cloned the latest code into local and then ran the project and added a few blue squares and tested the functionality. She then implemented the sorting function, tested it by adding a few blue squares and deleting blue squares. It works and now the blue squares are adding by the data not by the date added. She raised the PR and the PR got approved. Navya also worked on PR approval and suggested a few changes. Pictures below are related to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Full Stack Developer) completed his 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Guilherme fixed the Newly Created Tasks Bug and made the PR for this bug fix. Also, he did 2 PR reviews, one about the Code clean up, and another about the weekly summaries shown in the user profile. To fix the bug, Guilherme changed the classification default to Housing, and if a sub-task is created, the default is the “mother” task, but It is changeable using a drawdown. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, he familiarized himself more with the already written hundreds of lines of codes and logic for the cause behind the bugs (XHrsForXWeeks specific codes). Then Aashish created new logic to attain the desired results and wrote new codes accordingly. The work is halfway done. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang focused on making intangible hours editable on the Profile Page. Intangible hours should be editable by an admin or owner and save changes made on the user profile. It also should keep track accurately whenever a user edits his or her intangible time entries or manually edits hours on the user profile. Kaixiang will make a pull request for this bug fix in the next week. Pictures below show some of this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Alan started by working on the PR about creating a view summaries button. He made some changes, mainly to be able to see the last three summaries. He raised the PR. He he started working on fixing a problem on the WeeklySummaries component where the wrong “Total submitted” count was showing. Alan then made some changes by displaying the WeeklySummariesCount variable as the same variable stored in userProfile object. The last thing Alan did was review Guilherme’s PR and approved it. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) also completed her 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jianjun continued working on the HGN phase one bug fixes. She reviewed three pull requests, located a problem and provided suggestions for one of them. She added a dropdown selection for the category/classification when the user tries to save a new task. It will show and save the default project category without selecting. Then Jianjun fixed the progress bar shown in the summary bar and member task board, which did not reflect the percentage of work before. Info description for the leaderboard has been updated to avoid confusion. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rajasri “RJ” Janakiraman (React/MongoDB Full-stack Developer) completed her 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week RJ worked on approving a few PRs (606 and 602), worked on bug fix and created PR 607, created a source code management doc, created a tags doc, and replied to a diversity of team comments. She also had a short call with Aishwarya to update the status of Phase II tasks and provided her suggestions on the bug she is working on. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Johny fixed the ability to create sub tasks of tasks and have the original task become a folder for the new tasks. He also made it possible to click a task from a person’s dashboard and now see the other tasks in the same folder. Johny then started working on his new task: “Need a details button or other way to see when specific badges were earned. Some badges are earned multiple times, so the button needs to show all dates when they were earned”. Pictures below show some of this work.
Shaun Sullivan (React/MongoDB Developer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Shaun worked on multiple bugs. He adjusted the Badge Box to align with the TimeLog box, adding the Container/Row/Col to the Badge component which fixed this. He also fixed the phoneInput bug so that it would accept Foreign numbers, adding in a regions section to the phoneInput component to allow for numbers outside the US to be input. He helped with code cleanup and continued working on the TimeEntryForm bug. All code is entered, server is able to start and app runs, however he cannot find the console.log for what he is trying to search for, so Shaun is unsure if the code is actually working properly. Pictures below show some of this work.
Cali Huddleston (Software Developer) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Cali got started by completing the Onboarding Checklist, signing the volunteer agreement and understanding the basic requirements/communication procedures. Cali then followed the instructions on how to run the app locally. After successfully running the app locally, she took the time to go through some of the code to get a better understanding of what tools were being used and how the overall concept is being developed. With this research, she found some tools that she had not used previously. So, Cali then took the time to research these tools such as Axios, Dependabot, and ESLint. After the research and getting a basic idea of what these tools are used for, she then looked over the list of bugs and decided to start working on #12 (Name not appearing upon page load). After some digging, she found that the Axios GET request is not obtaining the data upon loading. She also found that the setHeaderData function is not being triggered (found by running a console.log which did not appear in the console). Cali is further investigating this and will be taking a look at the bug #13 also, as per Jae’s recommendation/request. Pictures below show some of this work.
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