Open source eco-village design has the potential to launch a new paradigm of individual and large-scale DIY-sustainable living. One Community is focused on building the first large-scale open source, 100% replicable, teacher/demonstration hub dedicated to this. Our 100% volunteer team is developing the plans necessary for 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 June 7th, 2020 edition (#376) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is facilitating open source eco-village design 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 work on the Sustainable Site Selection, Planning, and Preparation content. This week’s focus was editing the Factors Affecting Site Selection, surveying, leveling, supplying power details, etc. You can see some of this work below and we’d say we’re about 90% complete with the behind-the-scenes editing of this tutorial.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #190 of Dean’s work and the focus this week was filling in and texturing the area around the hot tub.
Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued working on the Earthbag Village walkthrough and completed his 29th week as a volunteer designer with our team. This week’s focus was adding more racial diversity to the complete village walkthrough and then re-rendering it. You can see below some examples of the diversity the video now contains.
Ashwini Ramesh (Civil Engineer and Project Manager) returned to the team after almost 3 years off and continued with her 5th week helping with the Earthbag Village cost analysis and open source tutorials. Ashwini has been working extensively on the specifics of the earth domes to calculate the quantities and generate a detailed Bill of Quantities that is linked to a master table for materials and equipment. She also worked on figuring out the coefficients for labor and material for Unit quantities, so that the Unit price could be re-used for similar projects/activities. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Angela Mao (Sustainability Researcher) also completed her 5th week as a member of the team and researching Clothing Recycling/Repurposing Options. This week Angela finished editing her clothing recycling tutorial and reformatted it. She then began writing her business section for paper recycling and looking through Etsy for product ideas. She also did a lot of reading on paper recycling processes and began looking into plastic recycling ideas. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
One Community is facilitating open source eco-village design 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 for the Living Dome we designed the stone table, table and 2 chairs and sun-chair for the sundeck and updated the dome exterior color. For the Social Dome we updated the dome exterior color and added the one missing dirt catcher. For the Dining Dome we added dirt catchers, made changes to the dome exterior color, and remodeled the kitchen food preparation tables around new window location. You can see some of these updates below.
Radhieka Nagpal (Volunteer Researcher) also completed her 12th week researching the This week Radhieka worked on resolving concerns about accurately ranking sustainability-focused companies that produce unsustainable products. She also continued formatting the final company left in the list and reordering and editing content. After this, she worked on further proof-reading all the 8 kinds of flooring and added a short reasoning for each ranking. You can see some of this work-in-progress below and we’d say this brings this tutorial to 80% complete.
One Community is facilitating open source eco-village design 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 developing the open source permaculture design content. The mind maps were edited further for content and formatting consistency. All the permaculture ethics and principles tables were updated for consistency and the food and energy infrastructure content was further improved. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) continued with his 28th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini engineering details. This week he continued preparing the 2D construction drawings by remodeling the structure entryways. He then modified the topography, side walls, and site concrete floor according to the new design. He also updated the related site-drawing annotations. You can see some of this work work-in-progress below and we’d say we’re now about 95% complete with the structural details.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 21st week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali updated his preliminary climate battery design and pipe layers and layout specifics to match the updated structure designs. You can see some of these updated designs below.
One Community is facilitating open source eco-village design 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 Zebao Chen (Structural Designer) also completed her 7th week working on the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering details. This week Zebao updated the structure system to reduce the beam span of failing members. She also tried to keep the central space as open as possible for community events. Zebao used shorter beams for the central span and added columns at the perimeter to help reduce the load concentration to the interior columns and beams. She ran the structural analysis and figured out the dimensions of each element. The most critical beams are the middle rafters that span across the central space. Zebao also further checked these elements and added a tension bracing to help the rafter stability. The results show that the analysis of wood members of 3 2×6 beams would work under the dead load, snow load, live load, wind speed of 100 mph, etc. You can see some of this work below and we’d say this brings the engineering of this building to 20% complete.
One Community is facilitating open source eco-village design 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 Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 18th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao integrated the Timer component with the TimeEntryForm. When a user stops the timer, a time entry form modal will now open. The date and time fields will also be auto-filled and disabled. If the user successfully submits the time entry, the timer will be reset to 0 and the app will redirect to the timelog page to show the new time entry. If the user decides to log the time later and close the modal, the timer will be paused instead of resetting to 0. The TinyMCE editor was also changed from self-hosted to cloud deployment and all the self-hosted library files were removed from our code base. You can see some of this work-in-progress below.
Henry Nguyen (React Developer) also completed his 18th week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry added rules to create a task and also added suggestions to help the user create a task faster. He additionally developed automatic functions that update the parent tasks after any changing of subtasks. They are Priority, Start and End dates, and Assigned. The real time will be updated but it is currently a lower priority because we can manually refresh the page. You can see some of this work below.
Alvaro Hernández (Open Source Tech Consultant, Developer) completed his 11th week as a member of the Highest Good Network software team and web design team. This week Alvaro started to review Andon’s code related to submission of the weekly HGN summary. He read through most of it and made some suggestions for improvements in the design of the webapp and this functionality. He also further improved the documentation. Separately, he worked on data gathering on the complete web page design process and submitted a report covering possible automation opportunities. You can see some screenshots of this behind-the-scenes work below.
Ross Edwards (Chief Imagination Officer, G3) completed his 7th 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 educators, engineers, and various supporters of The Venus Project. You can see this last week’s list of who he contacted and some screenshots of the overview below.
And Andon Ignatov (Senior Web Developer) completed his 5th week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Andon worked on assigning blue squares for weekly summary infringements. This had to be implemented within the existing code that assigns blue squares for time not met. He updated the proper cron job functions that run weekly at the end of each week to now run checks for the weekly summary submitted for that week. Andon also updated infringement messages that are stored in the database as well as included in emails so they are now representative of whether weekly summary or time not met or both caused the assignment of blue square for that week. He also added one extra piece of information to the notification emails to now include the total number of blue squares that a user has been assigned. You can see screenshots of some of this work below.
TEKtalent Inc. (a custom programming solutions company) also joined the team and completed their 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week the TEKtalent team, led by their senior programmer Nithesh, completed the orientation, document checklist and the local dev setup of the react app. They also started the development of the user management page, the link was added and the basic grid for listing the users has been built. You can see some of this work below.
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