Open source collaboratives can transform our world through DIY-replicable sustainability solutions. One Community is creating the open source tools and tutorials to construct and coordinate a global cooperative of these as eco-villages.
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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 December 20th, 2020 edition (#404) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is developing open source collaboratives 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:
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #206 of Dean’s work and the focus was final corrections needed to run these final renders of the rooftop patio and a top-down view showing the hot tub.
This week Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 22nd week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis began updating the SolidWorks model of the Net-Zero Bathroom by modifying the rain barrel support structure. The support structure had too much clearance between each tier of barrels and the floor. The benefits of the update were extra ceiling clearance, a total of 7”, for filter maintenance and a reduction of wood for the construction of it. A filter was added to the top barrel of the Net-Zero Bathroom and was found to be simpler in terms of installation and maintenance. The advantages of the two layer filter were ease of maintenance by having one layer removable for cleaning, and the elimination of outdoor exposure by having the filter located inside the rain barrel storage room. Jose Luis then began creating more diagrams for the interior roof installation section on AutoCAD. The diagrams included the position of the panels on the interior substrate, the position of the metal trim used to join the panels, and the position of the roof fasteners with dimensions. More details regarding the position of the roof fasteners are to be created. The pictures below show examples of some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 19th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week, Stacey was able to relink all the assets for the electrical pages so they look pretty close to the original. She made updates to include the 3 outlet casings and added an additional page to incorporate a sketch of the bed frame to tie it together. For now Stacey has the electrical starting when the back of the wall is still fully exposed and then the electrical will lead directly into the clothing and storage (which is applied directly over the back wall to close up the electric). Then the instructions will go back to the wall page. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Alvin Anggito (BS Civil Engineering) completed his 4th week working on the Communal Eco-shower structure. This week he completed the floor plan which was lacking the doors. He also completed the section view of the communal eco-shower, from starting the design at the beginning of the week and gradually adding the interior walls, the faucet, the sink, the windows and other components until the section view is complete. The pictures below show examples of some of this work.
One Community is developing open source collaboratives 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 updated the Duplicable City Center Heating and Cooling (HVAC) open source hub with new graphics defining the HVAC spaces and the type of heating and cooling that will be applied in each. Picture below show these new additions.
Ksenia Akimov (Plumbing Engineer) completed her 14th week working on the Duplicable City Center plumbing designs. This week Ksenia studied all the material available on the radiant floor and boilers to recommend that the radiant floor needs its own boiler. She also changed the calculations for the selection of hot water boiler on the actual data sheet. Pictures below show some of this work.
Lindy Rzonca (Sustainability Analyst) also completed her 11th week helping with sustainability research and now focused on the Best Small and Large-scale Community Options for Sustainable Processing and Reuse of Non-recyclables tutorial. This week Lindy was able to have an in-depth conversation with the co-founder (Doug Russell) of Cogent Energy about the applicability of their product. She spent the rest of her time writing and making edits to the content in the sustainable processing of non-recyclables tutorial development doc. Pictures below are related to this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 11th week helping with the Duplicable City Center, now focused solely on the landscaping design. This week Qiuheng read and watched all the materials provided on greywater management and planting design and outlined her design process plan and timeline. The pictures below show this work.
And Ian Oliver Malinay (Energy Modeler/Analyst) completed his 2nd week helping run the energy analysis calculations to help us achieve LEED Platinum status for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ian focused on the outside geometry of the City Center. Ian was able to finish it and is now focusing on interior design/interior geometry, defining construction materials and zoning of the design. Ian is taking extra care to make sure that the energy model construction is accurately based as much as possible on the final design. The following are the progress photos of this latest energy modeling work.
One Community is developing open source collaboratives 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:
The core team then used these new images and new text to eliminate the vast majority of red comments on the chicken coop doc by updating the accompanying narratives to coincide with the updated coop drawings.
The core team additionally started work on the Herbal Garden design and gardens that will be behind the Duplicable City Center. We did research on different layouts and herbs selection for the garden.
Jiayu Liang (Landscape Designer) completed her 12th week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini internal and external landscaping details. This week Jiayu finished the first round of renderings in Lumion and made the first animation for the whole design. The following images show the developing process and renderings.
Jingwei Jiang (Landscape Designer) also completed her 12th week working on the landscaping specifics of the Earthbag Village. This week Jingwei made progress on the final planting pallet. The SketchUp model was also completed. Some smaller features such as local stone and stone structures were added to the model, so the stones in dry swales can keep soil stable and control erosion problems. She also started to plan the Lumion walkthroughs. Pictures below show the most recent designs.
Henry Vennard (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 11th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Henry focused on matlab coding and troubleshooting. Henry continued to read material surrounding heat transfer equations and troubleshooted with Diana. Henry will continue to work on Matlab until he finds a solution. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Diana Gomez (Mechanical Engineer) also completed her 10th week helping continue the development of the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Diana helped Henry with his code that solves for the Temperature inside the climate battery. She provided Henry with guidance on the derivation of the equation that represents the Walipini system. Diana also worked on creating a new Solidworks design. She was having issues running a flow simulation on Simscale with Henry’s design because the program did not recognize the pipes as 1 body. She created parts for each manifold and tubing which she then used to create an assembly. Diana also changed the way the pipes are joined to more accurately represent how the design will be installed in the future. Instead of a merged slant the pipes are now merged through a hole. The material of the pipes are PE High Density in order to provide an accurate heat transfer simulation of ADS pipes. Diana will be moving forward with the flow and heat transfer simulations. The pictures below show some of this work.
One Community is developing open source collaboratives 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 developing open source collaboratives 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 22 hours managing One Community emails, social media accounts, interviewing potential new volunteer team members, and managing volunteer-work review and collaboration not mentioned elsewhere here.
The core team also continued working on the large-scale consensus content. This week we created all the imagery and related SEO details and started adding it to the staging page. You can see some pictures of this behind-the-scenes work below.
The core team also completed our first week working on improving the content for all our Values Pages. This week’s focus was the Love and Compassion page where we improved the readability, made sentences shorter, used less passive voice, and used much easier to understand wording. Analyzing the page with a readability too, the readability is now “Good.” Pictures below show some of these updates and the readability score.
Sangam Stanczak (Environmental Engineer – Ph.D., P.E.) and Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed their probationary periods and were invited to join the core team. They both began working on their complete bio pages as part of this. You can see pictures of their work-in-progress below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 42nd week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry fixed the bug from last week so you can now edit the resource from the copied task without any error. He also created a page called “/admin”, this page will be used to figure any display/popup on the website. The first configuration he added to the page is to change the popup text. When he is done with this feature, an Admin will be able to update this page to change all the popup text in the app. The pictures below show some of this new work.
Wen Zhang (Software Engineer) completed her 29th week as a volunteer working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Wen continued looking into the error messages and doing debugging using the React Developer Tools and Redux DevTools. She fixed a PR and she checked the deployment for the preview site and reset the Heroku connection. Pictures of some of this work are below.
TEKtalent Inc.(a custom programming solutions company) also continued with their 29th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Nithesh and the TEK Talent team migrated the REST API to Azure and the dev site is now working in Azure with both react and REST API. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yiqi Feng (Software Engineer) continued with her 21st week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Yiqi lightened the red border and darkened the writing and “!”. She also added completed and uncompleted status on “HOURS” and “SUMMARY” and created a pull request for these updates. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Noor Qureshi (Insurance Researcher) completed her 18th week helping research One Community’s insurance options. This week Noor completed her analysis of her chosen plans. She ranked each plan by their benefits and associated costs. Most plans chosen offer the ability to create one’s own medical provider network, but they have differing costs depending on whether it was in-network or out-of-network. This week Noor analyzed that by determining the costs for each benefit and whether it was out of network or in network. She analyzed which plans provided coverage for services such as preventative checkups and eyeglass wear/exams etc. and their associated costs. You can see some pictures related to this work below.
Jerry Zhang (Software Engineer) completed his 16th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Jerry got appropriate display values depending on time spent (since progress displayed will be non-linear) and fixed the table layout so that tasks and their progress bars are now aligned properly. Progress bars also now show total time taken on a task and the task’s estimated length. Pictures are below showing some of this work.
Jaime Arango (Graphic Designer) also completed his 13th week helping with various graphic design work for the project, continuing this week working on the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week he corrected all the 30 hours streak files, some of the 40 hours streak and started the 50 hours streak ones. Pictures of the updated and new badges are below.
Robert Pioch (Graphic Designer) completed his 2nd week also helping with the new badges for the badges section on the Dashboard of the Highest Good Network. This week Robert continued development of the Highest Good Housing badges, focusing on the higher level badges and showing the higher level villages within those. You can see pictures of these new designs developing below.
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