Making sustainability more appealing is important if we are to transition to a sustainable civilization. One way to accomplish this is by demonstrating eco-community living can provide a more holistic, healthy, happy, sustainable, and luxurious life experience. Foundations One Community is open sourcing as part of teacher/demonstration hubs sharing this are healthier food and environments and more time and more fun things to do with that time, all within walking distance and free.
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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 9th, 2022 edition (#459) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is making sustainability more appealing 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 Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #235 of Dean’s work and the focus was rebuilding the bottle lights now that were no longer focused on fixing the lighting from them. Pictures below show some of this work.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 27th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela continued to make edits to the cost analysis Google spreadsheet. She made adjustments based on the decision to make all roads within the site consist of decomposed granite, then used AutoCAD to double check that the selected roadway lengths were accurate and commented for their review. Daniela also read through the case study section of the Roadways, Walkways, Gutters and Parking Lot Report to ensure that all mentions of pavement types being used for the site were accurate. Some paragraphs/phrases were moved, added, and altered in order to improve the narrative. After Daniela’s suggestion for a different approach to the unlimited expense plan was approved, she then went back to edit both the spreadsheet and the AutoCAD, input new images into the report, and continued making edits to the narrative regarding the unlimited and minimized expense plan. She also started her research for the pump needed for the drainage plan of the Earthbag Village. Pictures below are related to this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 59th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey made sure the comments from the shared document have all been reviewed and the instructions have been updated. Some style reviews are needed and all new renders are needed to proceed with a more final version. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Karla Ulloa (Front end Developer) completed her 7th week helping with website design. This week Karla finished the tools and equipment page. Due to some technical difficulties with the last table, she had to delete and redo both the equipment and materials tables. She was able to redo all the equipment table and get through some of the materials table. All tables have been added with anchors and links. See below for pictures related to this work.
One Community is making sustainability more appealing 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 27th week helping, now with content related to the Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank familiarized himself with the new task of energy demand estimates that will ultimately be added to the solar sizing document. He updated information for the tutorial since the SAM program was updated in December. The pictures below relate to this.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 25th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus completed the section C_C and started work on sections D-D and E_E. She added columns and furniture according to the new plans and basement plan and corrected areas as needed. See pictures below.
George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 12th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week George created concept drawings for the new hub connector design to improve workability and strength. He modeled the center hub with a 0.20 inch plate. George also redrafted the center hub connector design to accommodate for the tolerances in the assembly of 0.20 inch “V” brackets. This assembly will be tested for displacement and stress. Additionally, he made drawings to understand the angle of the wedge for the LVL beam for wood inlays. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 12th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi rebuilt the northern staircase as the model built previously does not have adequate thickness. The stairs now have 6″ thickness with slabs included. After building up to the 4th floor and aligning steps, it was verified that the intermediate landing from first to second floor is off by four inches on CAD drawing and that will need to be updated. Furthermore, flights from 3rd to 4th floor can be reduced to even number 24 steps rather than 25 for ease of construction. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week Raj worked on a SolidWorks analysis by connecting 6 beams and running an analysis to see how the connectors would hold up in this scenario. He did a 2-beam analysis and plans to also run an analysis where all 6 structures can take load to see how the beams will react. Pictures below are related to this work.
Hyun-Young Kim (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the City Center Eco-spa SolidWorks modeling and testing. This week Hyun-Young wrote down the assumptions made in the initial calculations. Then he double checked some of the material properties, fixed mistakes relating to it, and reran the calculations. He also increased the mesh sizes to find convergence. In addition, Hyun-Young performed calculations assuming the worst case scenario (i.e. outside of the hot tub is atmospheric temperature), with a surrounding ground also being heated, and with a larger surrounding ground as well. He also checked the losses purely from convection from atmospheric air. He found that with the surrounding ground, there’s ~500W of total loss. With the worst case scenario however, it goes up to ~4500W. With just convection, it’s fairly low at ~83W. Therefore we need to focus on improving loss through conduction. However, this is with treating the air gap as just a conductive material. Hyun-Young also began to learn Fluent in order to take into account natural convection and air flow. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
One Community is making sustainability more appealing 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 re-created and corrected the spreadsheet used for the Aquapini & Walipini designs. This included required water by greenhouses, rainwater harvesting potential, and pond sizing. We also researched how many gallons are needed to sustain the greenhouse plants, and calculated the required catchment area needed to meet greenhouse water needs. 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 assembly of the manure collection trays and the section of assembly and installation of the roosting ladder. We then started to work on the section of the document related to the building of the nesting boxes on the south wall of the coop. Pictures below are related to this work.
And the core team conducted research on the lack of wind and how it may affect our trees that we will grow in the walipinis and Tropical Atrium. We composed and added to both of these pages a paragraph on our options for addressing this with downsizing some of our trees, supporting the larger trees, and also increasing the replacement timing of the larger trees. See below for the pictures related to this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 66th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng updated the Aquapini and Walipini internal and external landscaping video rendering after making the revisions based on last week’s comments. The editing process is looking like it is complete, so she exported a higher resolution video for team review and feedback. She also rendered a separate fly-over video which can be added as a finisher. Pictures below are related to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 15th week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week Brian worked on compiling all the recipes that would work together. To ensure each recipe uses the optimal amount of each remaining ingredient from the previous meal is taking quite a bit more time to work out than expected. Brian decided there are many variables that make this task challenging. It might just be better to defrost and cook the amount of animal proteins according to the amount of omnivores for each group while allowing enough vegan and vegetarian options for everyone to possibly enjoy. Instead of scaling the proteins on the recipe, maybe we should calculate how much protein is needed by each group and then the cooks only prepare slightly more than enough. Below are some images related to this.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also completed her 5th week helping with web design, this week focused mainly on the Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Sheep Stewardship staging page. This week she worked on the content of the page, checked and fixed the Table of Contents and all the anchors, inserted the YouTube videos and added details for the videos. She also completed the resources section of the page. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jennifer Lee (Graphic Designer) also completed her 5th week working on the open source and DIY Permaculture Design staging page. This week she worked on the sections titled “Assess Site Through Observation and Research” to subsection “Stewardship”, which was the last of the document content. Jennifer also focused on making individual dropbox folders to link applicable images so that viewers could have an improved viewing experience. She additionally linked images to the proper powerpoints so that viewers could stay up to date with the most current version of the tables. Jennifer is submitting the webpage for a final review and will focus on fixing any errors in the next week. See below for pictures related to this work.
Anna Cheal (Culinary Nutritionist) also completed her 5th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Anna completed 6 recipes: Black Forest Smoothie, Rice and Chickpea Stew, Japchae, Kale Pesto Pasta, Leftover Veggie Quinoa Breakfast Casserole, and Zesty Seasonal Fruit Salad. All of these recipes are still in the review process. Anna is in the early stages of creating her Thai Peanut Quinoa Bowl recipe. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is making sustainability more appealing 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 making sustainability more appealing 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 19 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 21st week working on images for our open source social media strategy. This week she focused on updating the Highest Good Stewardship icons based on feedback. She updated icon numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and created a Final folder for the 1000 hours icon that was approved as finished. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rachit Joshi (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rachit completed the initial setup and orientation and reviewed 3 of Navya’s open PRs which also helped him get acquainted with the system. He then moved on to action item 1 on his google doc. He made minor tweaks to the UI to improve readability and resolved a bug where clearing filters removed classification options and would only come back on page refresh. He also discovered an additional bug where clearing filters doesn’t remove all filters. The pictures below relate to this work.
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