Open source teacher/demonstration hubs that teach and evolve “Highest Good” and sustainable approaches to food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, etc. can help make these approaches mainstream. One Community is developing these as a pathway to evolving sustainability and creating global sustainability.
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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 January 16th, 2022 edition (#460) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is creating open source teacher/demonstration hubs 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 working on the Murphy bed doc and addressing Stacey’s comments, now by video conference as well as DropBox comments. The focus has been adding additional info and resolving as many comments as possible. This same team member also helped answer wildland fires questions relating to weather concerns and its effects on the land, helped with reviewing six pallet furniture videos, and initiated a final review of the Chicken Doc. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Another member of the core team generated rendered images for the Murphy bed Assembly document. She used #D SketchUp model to generate images for the Murphy bed in half-down position and rendered images for the electrical section of the document too. Those images were generated for different electrical circuits from different angles.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This was week #236 of Dean’s work and he is now working on the actual renders. The picture below shows his first internal test render.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 28th week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started by reviewing comments from the cost analysis excel sheet for the roadways report/tutorial. Daniela added the CADs she was working on from last week onto the Dropbox and also worked on adding the dropbox link into the CAD’s. Daniela had to watch some videos and search for various ways she could insert a hyperlink into the CAD because an error kept occurring. She also created PDF’s for the minimized and maximized roadways site plans, in order to provide a clear JPG resource for the excel sheet. Throughout the week Daniela addressed the comments on the roadways cost analysis excel sheet and made alterations to the charts in accordance with the new decisions. She researched the necessary depths for the walkways and bikeways using decomposed granite. She incorporated these changes into the narrative and made corrections to small errors in the charts. Lastly, Daniela created PDF copies of all the AutoCAD files she had worked on during her time with One Community because her AutoCAD license expired this week. She alerted Jae of the issue and uploaded a few of the CADs and PDFs to various dropbox folders. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jose Luis Flores (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 77th week helping finish the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Jose Luis continued working on the rain barrel support structure section of the net-zero bathroom instructions/tutorial. His work focused on creating renderings on Solidworks to help the user visualize the steps correctly. The diagrams made from the renderings were accompanied by instructions to explain the step-by-step process of building the support structure. The renderings were based off of the available material resources to produce visuals with precision and accuracy. The pictures below show some of this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 60th week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey updated cutting icons and how we show people the order of cuts to be made. She also made updates to the formatting of the parts page. Screenshots below are related to this latest progress.
Maya Callahan (Sustainability Researcher) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with research and web design, currently focused on Sustainable Lightbulbs and Light Bulb Companies. This week she started by researching sustainable materials, and edited prior research that had been done on her assigned topic. The focus of this research was light bulbs, finding the most sustainable bulb companies, bulb types, and best bulb products. She recorded her findings on a google doc with all sources referenced and the most important findings listed below said source. Additionally, Maya read over the content on the lightbulb page and committed her time to elaborating on the “Types of bulbs” section. This section was a bit vague and needed more detail for certain statements made about each bulb type. Additionally, Maya proofread the rest of the lightbulb page and made the preexisting information more comprehensible for those visiting the website.
One Community is creating open source teacher/demonstration hubs 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 interviewed and on-boarded Prathik to help with the Duplicable City Center dome hub connector work. They worked to on-board a potential new volunteer, but received no responses. Additionally, they prepared for a call with the City Center Dome Hub Connector team, which has 2 new members (Raj and Prathik). Lastly, the core team added relevant docs to Doug’s One Community Collaboration Document and got him up to speed to help Frank with HVAC, solar sizing tutorial, and energy demand estimates.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 33rd week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week, Luis worked on the electrical control systems design and schematic for the City Center Spa. He worked on recreating the control panel design in order to map out the wiring of the system prior to installation. All of the components are connected to different pins or panels depending on their function. Luis was able to find the teams selected components and produce a layout that will serve as the wiring instructions for our system. He also met with Hyun-Young Kim to discuss the more detailed FEA ANSYS heat transfer simulations and the outlook of the project. Moving forward, Luis will finalize the systems setup and then focus on the electrical budget based on the detailed heat loss findings. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 26th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week, Venus completed the section C_C and D-D and started F_F. She added columns, furniture, and made corrections according to the new floor plan and basement plan. See pictures below.
And Carlos Lillo (Engineering Technician) completed his 21st week helping with the pallet furniture designs for the Duplicable City Center guest rooms. This week Carlos corrected the position of a peg for the accordion doors on the Pallet Wardrobe and began re-rendering the segment with the new and proper peg location. Pictures below are related to this work.
Xuanji Tang (Architectural Designer) completed her 18th week working on Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she listed the LEED Platinum prerequisites and credit requirements and studied the quality view requirement. Xuanji then drew analysis diagrams for the quality view on the AutoCAD master file. Pictures below are related to this work.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 15th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week she focused on adding the furniture to the restrooms on the second floor of Living Dome and applying the material to the bedrooms, restrooms, and exterior rooms’ walls for both the first floor and second floor. Huiya also trimmed the walls on the first floor to match the shape of the shell. Pictures of some of this work are below.
George Koshy (Design Engineer) completed his 13th week working on the Duplicable City Center connectors we’ll use to build the domes. This week George completed the assembly of the new center hub with a 0.20″ center plate and “V” brackets. He re-ran the model after fixing some errors. The model failed due to a tolerance error and meshing issues, so the parts were edited and he re-ran the model and analyzed the results. Adding a center hub reduced the stress on the brackets by 58%. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) also completed her 13th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi worked on completing vertical volumes of the northern atrium area, putting up doors and creating storage spaces. She then started on the Social Dome. Structural columns were erected with correct alignments but the library area columns still need to be coated with form and texture to mimic nature. New walls were placed according to the updated design curvature and floors and furniture made previously were partially edited and regrouped. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Raj Patel (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 4th week helping with the Duplicable City Center hub connectors design and testing. This week he added all the connectors to his assembly and ran studies with 100 mph of wind pressure and a 2500 lbf force on the beams to simulate how the connectors will behave in these scenarios. Raj published his findings in the google doc shared and has ideas to further improve the design. Pictures below are related to this work.
Hyun-Young Kim (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the City Center Eco-spa SolidWorks modeling and testing. This week Hyun-Young discussed the current progress of calculations with Luis. They determined that they need to think about surrounding temperature and its impacts on heat loss. Thus Hyun-Young performed calculations as a function of surrounding temperatures, which will allow us to estimate heat loss at each time of the year. He then reworked the calculations for when quarter blanket and half cover are open. The pictures below share some of this developing work.
Douglas Whittemore (MEP Designer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Aquapini & Walipini HVAC and Solar Microgrid sizing. This week, Doug took time to finish the onboarding process and familiarize himself with the culture of the project. He worked on his first assignment which consisted of reviewing the SAM solar sizing tutorial for typos and clarity. Doug also reviewed the HVAC tutorial that Frank is working on. Lastly, he met with Sangam to start discussing the solar sizing energy estimate. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is creating open source teacher/demonstration hubs 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 completed a detailed review of the DIY Permaculture Design staging page, trained a new team member how the process was done, and then passed the feedback on to the original designer (Jennifer) to complete it. Pictures below are related to this work.
Qiuheng Xu (Landscape Designer) completed her 67th week volunteering, now helping with the Aquapini & Walipini external landscaping details. This week Qiuheng made some small adjustments to the Lumion rendering video of the Aquapini and Walipini project. Then she exported a high-resolution combined walkthrough video for team review. Also, she downloaded the final AutoCAD file from Daniela to merge the labels and has been working on the final-final AutoCAD file. Pictures below are related to this.
Frank Roland Vilcapaza Diaz (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 28th week helping, now with content related to the Aquapini & Walipini HVAC and Solar Microgrid sizing. This week Frank made recommended corrections to the documents related to the HVAC system designs for the Aquapini and Walipini and the Tropical Atrium. He also double checked the numbers in the spreadsheet used to estimate electrical energy demands. The pictures below relate to this.
And Brian Storz (Culinary Project Manager) completed his 16th week helping lead the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan, Transition Kitchen designs, Food Procurement and Storage plan, and related menu and meal plans. This week he focused on transcribing the first two weeks from 4 servings into 50 servings changing the flavors around to provide variety and keep the volunteer/guests engaged. Brian is hoping to have a shopping list soon so that we can begin to cost out the amount each meal to see if this method will be sustainable. Brian has access to wholesale vendors which can make building the cost sheets effective. Below are some images related to this.
Yuran Qin (Volunteer Web Editor) also completed her 6th week helping with web design, this week focused mainly on the Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Sheep Stewardship staging page. This week Yuran completed the Raising Sheep page. She added pictures to the page, checked the format and uploaded the backup of the resources. She also integrated the feedback on another volunteer’s work on the Solar Energy Microgrid Setup and Maintenance page and checked links to add any that were missing to the Tools and Equipment page. Pictures below are related to this work.
Jennifer Lee (Graphic Designer) also completed her 6th week working on the open source and DIY Permaculture Design staging page. This week Jennifer focused on editing the page using the feedback/review given. She worked on fixing centering issues and implemented hard code when needed. Jennifer double checked links and added in mouse-over text in any areas that it was missing. In the next week she will finish up the handful of edits left and start her next assignment. See below for pictures related to this work.
Anna Cheal (Culinary Nutritionist) also completed her 6th week helping with the completion of the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plans. This week Anna completed 6 recipes: Thai Peanut Pork Bowl, Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs, Hoisin Caramelized Salmon Bowl, Mexican Spiced Loaded Potatoes, Gluten Free Cornbread, and Fluffy Vegan Pancakes. All of these recipes are ready for review. Anna is also far along in creating her Sweet & Spicy Hot Chili Chicken Noodles recipe, and will complete it next week. The pictures below relate to this work.
One Community is creating open source teacher/demonstration hubs 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 creating open source teacher/demonstration hubs 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 21 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.
Aidan Geissler (Sustainability Researcher) completed his 31st week helping with 2nd-to-final review, feedback, and content editing that is now focused on the Health Insurance research and page. This week Aidan continued to review and revise the Health Insurance webpage’s content. This webpage is live, but a few sections remain in progress. He is working on addressing clarifying comments and filling in gaps in the narrative. Aiden is also finishing constructing the conclusions section to provide key takeaways and One Community’s plan. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Aleksandra “Alex” Gorkovenko (Graphic Designer) also completed her 22nd week working on images for our open source social media strategy. She finished another round of editing the Stewardship icons based on feedback and started editing the economical icons. The main focus right now is paying attention to small details to make the icons more realistic. Pictures below are related to this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya focused on issues with the click thread of “Other Links → User Management → Create New User”. Mandatory fields should be indicated and a popup should happen that says “Please complete all mandatory fields” if they aren’t. Currently they only do this if a person clicks in a field and doesn’t enter anything. They should show mandatory fields that aren’t completed when a person clicks “Create”. Navya worked on fixing the issue by removing the validation for onclick and updating to show an error message on the click button. Also, debugging the code to understand the logic, which is still in progress while she figures out the logic of handling the validation. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rachit Joshi (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Rachit added a d3 line graph with tooltip in PeopleReport.jsx to visualize the blue square report of an individual. He also fixed more bugs with the “Clear Filter’s” button, it now removes all the applied filters. He then discovered an additional bug where clearing filters will would result in some loss of data in the component. Rachit also integrated a new date filter in the component using the existing bootstrap date picker and integrated it into the line graph. It will be used to filter data in all the visualizations moving forward. The pictures below relate to this work.
Aaron Chan (Software Engineer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Aaron completed the onboarding process, set up his local environment, helped with reviewing PR #343 “Fixed Issue5 Name field not allowing spaces”, and began work on the component to improve loading efficiency of the Timelog on Dashboards page. The pictures below relate to this work.
And, last but not least, Jin Hua (Web Marketer and Graphic Designer) helped us create and update our Adwords campaigns for promoting the Consensus and Groups of 200+ page. He also helped address an Adwords ad that got rejected. See pics below related to this.
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