Preserving conditions that make life wonderful is something that can be studied, quantified, constructed and replicated. One Community is developing open source and free-shared models to achieve this. They include 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 October 23rd, 2022 edition (#500) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is preserving conditions that make life wonderful 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 member managing the aircrete compression testing team worked with the aircrete team to organize a materials list, preliminary testing on foam quality when using soft water, and reiterated better HGN-related communication to avoid further blue squares. The same team member also continued to address comments in the City Center Hub Connector final document and worked on and assigned to Luis the final steps needed to complete the energy task. Pictures below are related to this work.
Stacey Maillet (Graphic Designer) completed her 82nd week working on the final edits and revisions to the Murphy bed instructions. This week Stacey completed a version of the instructions that are ready for a final review. The PDF has been updated with new cover pages and a directory added to the beginning of the booklet. There is a glossary being added to the back pages that is not completed yet. The URL links in the component section can be updated to working links but this will be done manually and at the same time we can create the glossary. Depending on final use, several versions of the booklet can be created. For now, we are focusing on a PDF file format which is intended to be either downloaded or viewed online. If the booklet needs to be more interactive with clickable images and links to videos, those features can also be added later to any PDF or ai file. Screenshots below relate to this work.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 64th week, now helping mainly with the Solar Microgrid sizing. Luis met with the core team to discuss the Solar Sizing Project and developed some calculations for analyzing the energy demand. He will continue working on validating his methodology and look to begin documentation modifications for the the Net-zero Bathroom component in the meantime. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 31st week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 27th 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 continued tasks from previous weeks: Calling on business owners that he had already sent messages to, looking for potential plants/facilities, recording their info on the spreadsheet, and contacting sellers for instructions, especially on minimum capacity per day to fulfill our goals for small communities. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 7th 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 continued her research on recycling construction waste. She rewrote the section about impact crushing and added more hardware/plant options. Mercy also researched how to recycle waxed cardboard and absorbent hygiene products. She finished writing both sections and filling the table for plant recommendations for these two feedstocks. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Philip Bogaerts (Structural Window Designer) completed his 6th week working on completing the Most Sustainable Windows and Doors research. This week Philip corrected the remarks in the door spreadsheet and started determining which window manufacturers will be considered for the ‘Best window’ spreadsheet. In the spreadsheet, Philip finished 2 qualification sections and worked on two others. He did this while adding some research about PVC, comparing them with other materials such as fiberglass and aluminum. See below for some pictures of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Joshua Jacob (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 2nd week helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team practiced using the compression testing equipment. They used the old cylinders that the previous team made for stucco and didn’t end up using. This provided the team with practice on how to maneuver the compressor. They also prepared a materials list and shared it with Jae to confirm the procurement of resources and came up with a new approach for recording data. ictures below are related to this work.
One Community is preserving conditions that make life wonderful 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 creating the 3D SketchUp model for the City Center first floor dormer framing. We finished modeling the first floor dormer that includes modeling the rafter tails for the dormer roof, roof rakes (two on each side), fascia boards and framing for siding support. We also started creating a model for framing of the second floor dormer. We designed a 48”x48” sliding window, set up the height from the floor to the window (3’ 5/8”), installed a double sill for the window, and designed framing in the lower part of the under-window wall section.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 52nd week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on detailing the roofs for the 4th floor. She exported all roofs from SketchUp to Revit with the correct scale and angles and added the joint details to the roofs. See pictures below.
This week Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 48th week, now focused mostly on the Duplicable City Center “Updated City Center Project Specification and Design Basis” report. This week Daniela focused on editing and responding to comments on her Flexible Pavement Design section. She went back to previous resources to look through and figure out how she could clarify the narrative. For a couple of comments, Daniela decided to come back to them later because she began to research but realized she needed more information outside of the sources she already had. Daniela continued research for some comments, added to the glossary, focused on rereading sections and working on how to improve them. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 47th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi installed downspouts for the community center. Using previously designed locations as reference, new downspouts were added following the new building additions. The newly added parts were highlighted in green for further review. The team also pointed out the sustainable ideas behind varying ground pavement that the majority of the roads being compact gravel/soil instead of concrete mix. Road material in the master file was updated according to this so it will be reflected accurately in the renders. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 17th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Jessica researched ideas for pieces and panels made of wood for the curved walls of her sunrise room. She worked on the 3D model, created a panel with a sunset made of wood, and tried different models with different shapes and colors to adapt for the design that she has been creating. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 17th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Gabriela updated the name of her room to “Old Hollywood” and worked on the 3D model, adding more details, changing the chandelier, photo frames, wall covering, pillows and adding a timber ceiling. She also started working on the cost analysis table adding the first basic items (Bed, Closet, Sofa, etc.). Pictures below are related to this work.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) completed his 8th week working on the City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering webpage and the City Center Eco-spa and Natural Pool page. Charles spent most of the time this week working on the Table of Contents for the spa page, making sure all the anchor links worked, that there were no typos, and no syntax errors. Charles also updated the captions to be title case and corrected the City Center Hub Connector page based on feedback. See below for some pictures of this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 8th week with the team. This week, Julia reviewed the Feedback PDF for the “City Center Dome Hub Connector Engineering” webpage and resolved and added comments as necessary. She also continued to edit and review the corresponding Google Doc and made necessary content edits directly to the webpage. Julia then carefully checked this webpage against the Webpage Review Checklist in order to finalize it for One Community’s website. Julia also reviewed the “BEST DOORS” and “Scoring Criteria Doors” tabs of the “Most Sustainable Windows and Doors” research spreadsheet. She made grammar, spelling, and formatting edits as needed and used the comments to communicate questions and clarifications. Julia then reviewed and edited the “Flexible Pavement Design” section of the “Roadways, Walkways, Gutters, and Parking Lot Report/Tutorial” Google Doc. Finally, Julia began reviewing the “Aircrete Engineering and Research: Compression Testing, Mix Ratios, R-value, and More” webpage. She went through the Feedback PDF and resolved, addressed, and added comments when necessary. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is preserving conditions that make life wonderful 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 reviewed the 3-Day Menu Block doc and addressed comments, then reworked the recipes through page 163. The primary comments addressed small portions and excess sodium levels. Numerous edits were made to titles, Tbsp vs tsp, capitalizations within the recipe titles and ingredients lists.
One Community is preserving conditions that make life wonderful 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 preserving conditions that make life wonderful 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, Highest Good Network software checkins and review, and interviewing and getting set up new volunteer team members. Pictures below show some of this.
The core team also completed another 14 hours of reviewing, giving feedback, and creating imagery and video for the new overview video (and other videos) Arthur is developing. The pictures below show some of this review work.
Here are some of the images we created for the new video updates:
Yiyun Tan (Management Dashboard Team Leader) completed her 28th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun tried to fix the backend merge issue due to Andrew’s new timer feature. She also dove into Eiki’s PRs, trimming the backend PR code. For the frontend PR, Yiyun spent a lot of time to merge it because of the large scope of it. She merged it successfully but found some functionality that didn’t work. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 17th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera finished fixing the bugs with the project’s pie charts where the names of projects were not always displayed in the list. Now the backend passes data about the projects to which the tasks belong to the frontend. Vera also finished redesigning the project report page. She fixed the filters so they work properly and the table now looks like those on the rest of the report pages. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 15th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week she created a final day button for the admin user according to the requirement “Only an Admin can make a person inactive. This can be done on their Profile Page or through Other Links → User Management (only visible to Admins).” In the past, the final button was shown only on the view profile page, and this week, she put this button on the user management page too. For the emailsender function, Yan also changed the subject and body based on feedback. See pictures below for some of this work.
Arthur Olifant (Videographer) completed his 12th week helping with updating all our homepage videos. This Week, Arthur focused on working on the Main page video. He added in the block pictures (2x) and fixed a variety of other details based on feedback. In addition to this, he delivered final versions of all of the Highest Good videos and the 5 main videos to Jae. See pictures below that are related to this work.
Kaung Htet Myat (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaung continued working on setting the default tab to tasks if the user role is admin/owner/manager/mentor and/or if the volunteer has any tasks assigned. Kaung wrote a function to check if the volunteer user has a task assigned. At first he encountered a bug where the tasks do not show up if the user is a volunteer. However, he later found out that this was not a bug, but rather the tasks did not show up because the user account that he is testing has no teams assigned to it. Kaung also reviewed a PR and joined the team working on the dashboard feature. See pictures below for some of this work.
Bruce Lin (Software Engineer) completed his 5th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Bruce finished implementing the functionality of using a web crawler to crawl all the people’s image links and names down for later use. Although he had some difficulties because of the inconsistencies of the html content, eventually he managed to get all the people’s information correctly and is now able to move forward to the next stage. Pictures below relate to this work.
Kevin Shields (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Kevin continued looking into the code to understand what is going on with the frontend code with the badge system to track what occurs when trying to delete a badge. As mentioned from last week, Kevin found the delete function was working properly but the user profile component was getting stale data. Kevin fixed this by updating the user profile and passing in a function from user profile that ‘saves’ the page, to properly update all data and refresh with the correct data. Kevin then fixed the user profile badge system to properly update the featured badges list when assigning user new badges. This process was much of the same with deleting the badges, so Kevin pretty much called the same function within this component as well. He also fixed deleted badges counting toward the max of 5 featured badges. This involved decrementing the featured badges counter when deleting a featured badge. Kevin additionally did a PR review of a backend commit of reverting to the old timer system and pushed his PR for fixing the badge system. Pictures below relate to this work.
Guilherme Wustro (Front End Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Guilherme created the route/roles in the back-end to be used in the front-end. This route is used to update a role that already exists, to create a new role, and to fetch all roles. Using this created route, he made the reducers/actions adapting to the existing logic made by Miguel, but making some changes. Pictures below relate to this work.
Aashish Thapa Magar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. The total badge count and header data bug have been fixed. They weren’t designed to update upon login or logout, which is why they were one refresh behind from showing the actual data. The attempt to reproduce duplicate badges have been unsuccessful. The idea of creating a filter that will first check to see if a badge type is already assigned to a user and if true, add the count to the total count of that badge type is taken into consideration, but at first the code behind creation of duplicate badges needs to be checked. Pictures below relate to this work.
Alisson Rubas (Full Stack Developer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This past week, Alisson helped review the PRs provided by Vera (#534) and Kevin (#531). He also started working on “Medium: bug number 4. The goal of this bug is to see another person’s Dashboard. This is needed so an Admin or other team member can see exactly what the other person sees. This will save time fixing problems related to their dashboard and communicating with them about it. Also so a non-admin can view relevant information there that might only otherwise be viewable with Admin permissions. Working on this this week, Alisson made some changes in the CSS file for his new task to fix the yellow popup container so it remains at the top of the screen rather than vanishing. Pictures below relate to this work.
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