It is interesting to observe the stigma against mentioning utopia, or making utopia a reality on Earth, when war, destruction, and the newest multi-billion dollar casino are accepted as part of our current reality. The fact is, however, that amazing things are being created and for any utopian vision to happen, all it needs is to be something that is accessible to everyone and accomplishable with resources available to average people. A viable society or civilization such as this should address human needs from a perspective of fulfilled living as well as sustainable food, energy, and construction practices to combine internal/emotional needs with external/survival needs and provide sustainability for the complete human experience structured for The Highest Good of All.
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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 August 13th, 2017 edition (#229) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
Here is the bullet-point list of this last week’s design and progress discussed in detail in the video above:
MAKING UTOPIA A REALITY INTRO: @0:34
HIGHEST GOOD HOUSING: @5:54
DUPLICABLE CITY CENTER: @8:11
HIGHEST GOOD FOOD: @9:27
HIGHEST GOOD EDUCATION: @9:56
HIGHEST GOOD SOCIETY: @10:43
MAKING UTOPIA A REALITY SUMMARY: @12:09
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One Community is making utopia a reality 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 last week the core team updated the header and other website graphics related to the Compressed Earth Block Village master render from last week.
Here’s what this looks like as part of the 7 villages online book we’re developing.
The core team also continued working in Sketchup on the open source outdoor areas of the Recycled Materials Village (Pod 6). We added plants, a playground, and created and added three-legged tire planters. We also updated the walking path and added sitting areas around it.
And the core team updated the Enviroartistic Design page with the new graphic and others, plus new content, as shown here.
Hemanth Kotaru (Structural Engineering Masters Student) completed his 2nd week with us by conducting additional Earthbag Village construction research for the foundation, french drain design, and waterproofing. You can see some of his initial report here:
Hamilton Mateca (AutoCAD and Revit Drafter and Designer) also finished his 51st week helping with the Compressed Earth Block Village design and render details. This week’s focus was working on the high-quality render details for the East-wing office spaces. You can see some of this work-in-progress here.
Guy Grossfeld (Graphic Designer) continued helping with the Tree House Village (Pod 7) renders. This week he ran final high-quality renders for all the internal village perspectives, as shown here.
Samantha Robinson (3D Designer) completed her 2nd week working on the interior design for the living structure of the Tree House Village (Pod 7). This week’s focus, as shown here, was adding shelving under the bed design and beginning work on the loft shelving.
Rufino Lagundaon (3D Designer) also joined the team and began working on the Tree House Village internal renders for the dining structure, as shown here.
One Community is making utopia a reality 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 completed the final round of revisions for the DIY Pipe Furniture page. These included reorganizing the order of the sections and many of the images, adding the open source files to the open source folders, updating the table of contents links, and beginning the creation process for the final header and social media images.
The core team also finished adding the rest of the text to the PV Solar micro-grid tutorial. You can see some of the final additions here.
Dipti Dhondarkar, (Electrical Engineer) continued with her 45th week of work on the lighting specifics for the City Center. This week’s focus was adding additional chair and table details to the Social Dome. These extra details created program errors and so we’re exploring lesser approaches.
Vamsi Pulugurtha (Mechanical Engineer) also completed this initial heat loss into the ground report as part of the City Center Heating and Cooling open source hub.
One Community is making utopia a reality 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 editing the Food Self-sufficiency Transition Plan pages, and created the new Food Procurement and Storage Plan page, as you see here.
One Community is making utopia a reality 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 week, the core team continued the process of a final proofreading and editing of all 52 lesson plans. This week we completed the Cognition Lesson Plan and the Cosmos Lesson Plan. This brings us to 44 of 52 finished, which is 84.6% completion.
The core team also added our research from last week to the Montessori page and updated all that page’s formatting, you can see some of that work here.
One Community is making utopia a reality 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 updated and expanded our social media reach by setting up and including another 8 networks in our list of those we post to each week. You can see the complete list here.
The core team also invested several more hours finishing developing the spreadsheet showing where all our collaborators and volunteers are from. This information is needed for the new graphic and video we’re creating to highlight the global nature of our team.
And we updated our profile and other details necessary to gain Platinum status on GuideStar and added a footer GuideStar link that will take you to our profile there.
In addition to this, Sowmya Manohar (Software Engineer, Web Developer & Net Application Developer) working on the Highest Good Network software began adding Ember views on the My Account page for displaying Details and Edit modes. You can see some of this work here.
And Vivian Rodrigues (Translator) also continued helping translate our overview pages. This week she finished the Open Source page as shown here in Portuguese.
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