Open source cooperatives are the think tanks necessary to address the evolving challenges of this generation and generations to come. One Community is creating open source plans to build teacher/demonstration hubs that will share and teach people how to create complete living environments dedicated to this. Our plans include sustainable and DIY-replicable approaches to 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 May 17th, 2020 edition (#373) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is developing open source cooperatives 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 finished the Best Small and Large-scale Community Paper Recycling, Reuse, and Repurposing Options open source guide. This week we added the rest of the content, created and added all the missing imagery, added in the remaining videos, and proofread and shared it.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) returned to the team after almost 3 years off and continued with her 2nd week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. This week Ashwini worked on vetting the Area statement for Earthbag village and writing the Project brief and technical specifications. She completed the sustainable site selection page for review, added plumbing and sanitary items to the Materials Table, and further developed the Tools and Equipment, Cost Analysis and Bill of Quantities tables. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #187 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was more work integrating the new stairway design and testing textures.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed his 27th week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was finishing the Earthbag Village walkthrough and the first draft of a video featuring a single dome, then a 3-dome cluster, a 6-dome cluster, and then a complete village flyover. You can see some screenshots of some of this work below.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 3rd week as a member of the team and researching Clothing Recycling/Repurposing Options. This week Angela finished her textile research and began adding graphics and formatting and revising her content for the website. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
One Community is developing open source cooperatives 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 continued updating the Duplicable City Center 3D model to match the updated floor plans and interior design details. This week we changed the size of the 4 panel door and adjusted its position and corrected the dome walls related to those updates, moved two bathroom entry walls and rearranged the related tables, chairs and sofas, relocated the water fountains, set up the bathroom cement floor, updated the color of the bathroom door and stalls, updated the color of the bathroom walls and added 3’ high tile walls, and designed the vanity lights to match the interior designer’s details. Pictures of all of this are below.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) also completed his 24th and final week with the team by finishing some additionally-needed research for the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. This research covered maintenance, testing, safety measures, selecting the location, the design process and more. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 9th week researching the Most Sustainable Building Materials: Carpet, Flooring, Wood, Etc. This week, Radhieka addressed additional research needed on her list of companies, reviewed the whole document for content and grammatical updates, and researched more about laminate flooring, which had not been covered before but showed promise. After thorough research and benchmarking it against given parameters, she added it to the list, ranked it, and wrote a description for it. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
One Community is developing open source cooperatives 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 researching rabbits and compiling our findings on the behind-the-scenes research Google Doc. This week’s focus was further research and organization/editing/revising of the content covering rabbit food, water, exercise and other needs. You can see some of this below.
The core team also continued developing the open source permaculture design content. This week the format and general content of the mind maps was agreed on and produced for the Food and Energy Infrastructures. The Food Infrastructure written section within Step 2 of the Permaculture Design Case Study was also restructured and improved. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 25th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week he finished modeling the structural system for all structures, finished the structural connections for all structures, finished editing the property topo, finished editing the pipe levels based on new wall heights, and completed the drawing annotations. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 92% complete with the structural details.
One Community is developing open source cooperatives 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 77th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the Ultimate Classroom. This week he began the view of the central area that will show this area being used for theater. This week’s work was focused though on the storage area on each side, adding books and bags to this area so it doesn’t look so barren. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) also completed her 4th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao finalized the floor plan with a separated service area, visible toilet rooms and adequate storage space. Based on previous design consideration and discussion, the ceiling area was expanded to cover most areas to provide storage and hide HVAC duct works. An area for the skylights and an accessible stair were left open. Zebao also started to design the structural layout with wood elements. For general consideration, the structure includes gravity resistance and adds maximum shear walls, lateral bracing, and beams to resist earthquakes or winds at the future locations. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 8% complete.
One Community is developing open source cooperatives 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 Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 4th week helping promote One Community. Ross is someone who found our project, loved what we are doing, and offered to just help contact people he (and we) thought might be interested in what we’re doing. This week he promoted our project and the One Community helping page to philanthropists, educators, and engineering schools. You can see this last week’s list of who he contacted below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 8th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team. This week Alvaro worked on Highest Good Network Volunteer Documentation to update the style according to the Software Documentation Design Guide, made changes to Highest Good Network Volunteer Documentation and Development Workflow and Github Google Docs, and interconnected these docs with links to point each other in the right place and make them easier to explore and follow.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) completed his 16th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry added the function to delete a task. Now, if a task is deleted, all of the children will be gone. He also started exploring re-using the WBS #ID after the task was deleted and began working on the sum of sub tasks. It works but still has some bugs. He also updated the back-end (mongodb) to work with the new features. You can see some of this work below.
And Andon Ignatov (Senior Web Developer) completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon started the week exploring the backend (HGNRest API) and trying to understand how things work there, what’s in the MongoDB database at this point in time. Then he went to further explore the frontend HGN App, more specifically the Redux store setup, what actions, reducers, etc. were implemented and available. He then connected the Weekly Summary component with the backend API and database so user input can now be saved. He also implemented form validation with Joi and other smaller tweaks such as the “Save” button would be disabled if there are any form errors. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
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