We have the ability to develop living models demonstrating and supporting mature ethical behavior. One Community is developing them to apply to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. We call this living and creating for “The Highest Good of All” and we are open sourcing and free sharing the plans.
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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 September 11th, 2022 edition (#494) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is supporting mature ethical behavior 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 continued creating the Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More page. We added missing links to the previously entered text, and added text with images and external links to each of the items in the material list for sections Concrete Mix and Mixing Process, Aircrete Mix and Mixing Process, Steps for making Quikrete 4000 PSI Concrete, and the Aircrete Instructions section. Images below show some of this work-in-progress.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 42nd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela focused on completing the section for Flexible Pavements Design. Daniela added to the CBR Design Procedure subsection by researching more on the procedure of the test itself and explaining more details in the narrative. She also added some videos that would further demonstrate the procedure for the on site CBR test since she was able to find a video for the laboratory CBR test last week. Daniela also researched more information for the AASHTO Design Equation for flexible pavements. She read through various documents in order to find information that was useful to the narrative and reliable. She then added another equation that related to the initial subsection in addition to adding a couple more tables. Daniela placed more resources on a document that she had started last week to keep track of what she has used so far and then did a review of the Flexible Pavement Design as a whole. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 25th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week, the calculation of the peak flow for inlets was simplified because of the relatively small catchment areas. All rainfall intensities were estimated based on 5 minutes time of concentration. The simplified calculation was presented with an Excel sheet. A schematic diagram of catchment areas and inlets of the drains for stormwater harvesting was also created and the overflow pipe ties from the barrels to the larger water tank under the shower room were modeled based on the previous 3D model. The sedimentation chambers for the stormwater harvested from the main roadway were modeled too. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 21st 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 research on incinerator systems offered on Alibaba. Three tasks have been in progress: 1. overview of suppliers: what kind of merchandise do they sell. They won’t give suggestions regarding WTE solutions. 2. Recording all potential merchandise into a table, paying attention to their general properties for comparison. 3. Contacting sellers to inquire more information about their products. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 2nd week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip worked on optimizing the text of ‘The most sustainable windows and doors’. Then he started looking more closely at types of doors and started to divide them in the online excel file to have an overview of all the materials and understand the advantages and disadvantages of each material so as to better be able to determine the best door. Some potential door manufacturers were also added to the DropBox. See below for some pictures of this work.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) joined the team and completed her 1st week working on completing the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables research, report, and tutorial. This week Mercy familiarized herself with the content in the working doc and started drafting and formatting the Addressing Non-recyclables tutorial. She finished the index and sections of “existing WTE technologies” (Combustion, Gasification, Plasma Gasification, Incineration, Ionic Gasification) and did additional research on these technologies. She also checked the originality of the work done by previous researchers and rewrote the necessary parts. See below for some pictures related to this work.
One Community is supporting mature ethical behavior 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, Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 58th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis continues his final updates on the Duplicable City Center hot tub design website narrative. This week he adjusted some formatting situations as well as developed a conclusion for the chemical automation system. He conducted research on the available fixtures on the market and found no better solutions than the proposed optimization. With the help of a biochemical engineer, the chemical automation can be balanced with the discussed plant options and then a system can be implemented. The final components of the narrative include outlining the resources and finalizing grammatical and syntax updates. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 47th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya accomplished the work of making all the surfaces of the outdoor landscape in SketchUp. She also found a problem with the clearance height of the underground parking entrance and came up with 2 ways to help fix that. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 46th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on the plans and section C_C . She updated server counters and columns and added new lines to section C_C according to her supervisor’s feedback. See pictures below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 43rd week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi worked with the team on verifying render angles, material, and lighting while considering how to exhibit our sustainability goals. In preparation for the next renderings, items such as adding missing railings, lockers, supports, and furniture placement correction were done. Comparison images of the exterior material and central atrium area were created for the team’s discussion next week. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 14th and final week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue completed the interior design presentation, interior design cost analysis, and updated the AutoCAD file and SketchUp file to dropbox. See below for pictures related to this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 12th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela worked on the bathroom walls, changing the colors of the chosen wall finishing to see what else she could do to improve it. She also started working on the closet drawings, to show the inside, an idea of the parts and sizes, and the hangers inside. She additionally added a slide about the closet to the presentation. Her dropbox file was not working properly so she wasn’t able to upload the pictures to it, so she did in another file there. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 12th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. Jessica updated the AutoCAD layout of room 11, adding in all the new design details. She started and finished the Interior Design Cost Analysis, resulting in a total cost of $12,103. She also updated the sheet with the theme colors and started and finished the Power Point Presentation. See below for some pictures of this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 2nd week working on completing the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage. This week, Charles continued copying text from the Google Doc ensuring there were no unintended html tags and interspersing images where required. Images were first resized to a width of 640px and given appropriate names with the suffix 640xXX. They were also given descriptive comments for the alt tags. Charles continued the process through the Cost Analysis. He was asked to blur the email address in the “Quotations showing the cost breakdown for manufacturing the bracket as one piece” image which was done using Photoshop. The response from the metal lab group was left as an image although it might look better as a blockquote. Charles noted that some of the captions for the images in the Google Doc were italicized and some were not. He was requested to use the caption widget provided by the WordPress template, so he put all the captions into the widget. A few of the captions were too long and wrapped and the length of these captions was reduced to a single line. Charles then started working on linking the Table of Contents with respective headings, but noted that many of the items in the Table of Contents did not align with their respective headings. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community is supporting mature ethical behavior 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 detailed review and feedback on the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We continued reviewing the 3-Day Menu Block doc though page 149, focusing on singular/plural agreements of nouns, answering comments, removing capital letters after the first word, and started completing the overall corrections and changing the background to green to signify each individual recipe has undergone a comprehensive review and is ready for input into the 3-day blocks spreadsheets. Pictures below relate to this.
Another core team member worked on the transition Food Self-sufficiency spreadsheet covering protein and other food modifications for omnivores and various types of vegetarians. Our focus was working on the values to make sure each group is getting enough protein for meals based on a variety of eating preferences. The same team member also followed up on the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering content and organized the solar energy work from where Dave left off, so the work can be passed along to the next volunteer.
Marilyn Nzegwu (Chef and Culinary Consultant) completed her 20th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Marilyn started with researching and creating recipes and recipe summaries for Second Week F, specifically recipes that would not require fresh vegetables as well as finding vegan/omnivore substitutes. She also took time to make adjustments to old recipes and few food measurements based on comments and suggestions. She ended the week by researching and creating recipes and recipe summaries for Second Week G. The pictures below relate to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Personal Assistant to Jae) completed her 2nd week. This week’s focus was helping more with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan spreadsheet updates. This week Julia completed the reformatting of the “Master Recipe” spreadsheet and added this new formatting to the “Master Recipe To Duplicate” spreadsheet. She also lightened the colors on these spreadsheets for more sustainable printing. Julia then linked the cells between each sheet so that the duplicate can remain consistent with any updates on the master. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is supporting mature ethical behavior 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. 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:
This week, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 22nd week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. This week, Adolph finalized the design of structural elements. He also reviewed and modified the earlier submitted design of the truss structure. Compilation of the structural engineering report is approximately at 90% and he is in the process of finalizing this project and sharing all the required documents within this week. Screenshots of some of this work are provided below.
One Community is supporting mature ethical behavior 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 20 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.
The core team also spent several hours working to create a logo transition in Final Cut Pro that Arthur wasn’t able to create in Premiere. We were unsuccessful too. In addition to this, we completed several more rounds of reviewing and giving feedback on the new overview videos Arthur is developing and described below.
Chris Weilacker (Senior Software Engineer) completed his 39th week of formal contribution to the Highest Good Network software. Chris helped with a diversity of ongoing support for the team answering questions and helping with various emergency bugs. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 22nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun is working on the feature, “make so non-team users can see their tasks on the management dashboard”. She is in the middle of it, working on changing the backend mongoDB aggregation pipeline to fit the new getTasksByUser function. Yiyun will complete this feature with both frontend and backend PRs next week. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 18th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, this week Eiki reviewed weekly summaries and PR 179 on the backend. In terms of software development, Eiki created PR 497 on the frontend and PR 186 on the backend for the task edit suggestions feature. He merged the development branch and fixed merge conflicts that arose. The feature unexpectedly broke because one part of the feature was overwritten in another PR, so he attempted to fix it. Additionally, Eiki fixed a bug where HTML and nbsp; tags appeared on the red bell difference modal in PR 500 on the frontend. See pictures below for some of this work.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera started creating the pie chart visualization for the users hours contributed to their various tasks/projects. This chart is displayed on the people report page. At the moment, the chart itself and the list of tasks are ready, but the hours spent on tasks are not displayed yet. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yan created a deactivation function on the back end, so it is now possible to change a user from active to inactive status. She uses the cronjob package to schedule the task every day, 12:01, to check if any users set their final days and if they did, then the $set function in HGNRest will change the active user to inactive. Yan will test this function in many different situations to ensure its effectiveness. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) also completed his 6th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This week, Arthur continued working on updating the five videos from the main page of the website. Most of them were approved and just need the final outro to be added into it. Arthur was then working on creating the outro but had problems with a transition he couldn’t achieve correctly. He also delivered the V1 of the Highest Good Society video. See pictures below for some of this developing work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Kaung worked on fixing bugs and reviewing PR requests as a starting point of studying how the project works. Kaung was able to fix the “!” sign bug from weekly committed hours and raised the PR for his fix. He picked Medium Priority #7 for the next bug fix. For this bug (Moving Team Member Task and Time Entries), Kaung was also able to complete part a. However, part b is to move “Add intangible Time” to the top near the stop watch and moving this button might require more changes to the existing code, so he is taking some time to work on this. Pictures of some of his work can be seen below. See pictures below for some of this work.
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