One Community sees a path to redefining the Anthropocene Epoch as one of stewardship and regeneration. We’re supporting this with open source and free-shared sustainability plans covering 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 February 5th, 2023 edition (#515) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community sees a path to redefining the anthropocene epoch 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 resolved more comments in Murphy Bed Assembly Instruction document, put suggestion about selection of timber, and generated an updated image of the Murphy Bed with the above-bed light set. The same team member also generated images for City Center with requested measurements of framing triangles for each row and another image with the heights of each row of triangles in the dome framing structure.
Jieying “Mercy” Cai (Sustainability and Climate Policy Researcher) completed her 20th 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 worked on Julia’s comments, including 1) adding details of recommended processing plants, 2) integrating the CO2 mitigation benefit of these machines, 3) addressing the quote issue regarding plant D and replacing it with an alternative, 4) adding a One Community’s plan for non-recyclables section, and 5) any other suggested changes. See below for some pictures related to this work.
Julia Meaney (Researcher and Assistant to Executive Director) completed her 20th week with the team. This week, Julia checked the “Murphy bed Instructions” PDF and resolved comments as necessary. She also began to check Chuck’s progress on the “Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping” webpage, resolving comments on the Feedback PDF that had been correctly integrated. Julia then completed her content reviewing and editing of the doors section on the “Door and Window Research” Google Doc. She added her feedback using the comments. Finally, Julia completed reviewing and editing the “Chickens” tab of the “P1c – Food Infrastructure Comprehensive Cost Analysis” Spreadsheet and also completed going through the entirety of the “Ethical, Humane, & Conscientious Chicken Stewardship” webpage. She reviewed and edited content directly on the site as needed and added new links to the Resources section, backing them all up to a Dropbox folder. She then edited the rest of the new content on the Doc from Tatyana which is now ready for integration to the live site.
Charles Gooley (Web Designer) also completed his 20th week helping with web design, now focused on the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping page. Charles continued working on feedback comments. These comments included reformatting titles in the Rigid Pavement Design section to be all caps and underlined, re-adding images from the source Google Doc, adding a ToC to the General Bikeway Design Criteria section, and reformatting the caption for the image in the Recommendations section. There were several places where the left margin was misplaced due to incorrect coding of unordered lists. The titles of two images in the Porous Asphalt Design section were cropped off and put into the caption. The page was checked to ensure that all the margins of all paragraphs were justified, and that there was a non-breaking space before each heading. The pictures below share some of this work.
The Compression Team consisting of Genesis Avila (Engineering Intern Researcher), Fatima Duenas-Esparza (Engineering Intern Researcher), and Sarah-Jean Boyd (Engineering Intern Researcher) completed their 12th weeks helping with the Aircrete and earthbag compression testing. This week the Compression Testing Team made another aircrete mix utilizing the direct addition of foam method. They were very specific and tedious with ingredients added and mixing. The team recorded and monitored the density that was necessary to produce well mixed aircrete. The next morning the cylinders were checked and there was no noticeable collapse. Work on the team 2 roundup document was also continued. Pictures below are related to this work.
Loza Ayehutsega (Civil Engineer/Assistant Civil Engineer) completed her 5th week helping review the Net-zero Bathroom and Earthbag Village water collection and storage engineering calculations and designs. This week Loza reviewed water treatment methodologies adopted in the report document and calculation details reported in the spreadsheet. In addition, Loza discussed with Diwei the calculation approach used in the water barrel pressure and flow rate. Literature review about the west water treatment approach was done too. Water treatment methods were discussed briefly in the report document, however, some additional approaches reviewed in the literature are also presented in the DropBox file. See below for some pictures related to this.
Vidhi Bansal (3D Visualization Artist) completed her 2nd week helping with video and AutoCAD renders for a 4-dome cluster Earthbag Village housing design. This week Vidhi continued her work on the 4-dome flythrough, focussing on textures and how they look under various lighting conditions within Unreal Engine. She was able to UV unwrap most of the model and bring it into the engine to run a first series of texture tests and create some materials and edit them and do an RnD on what looks best under which lighting conditions. She was also able to add more details to the sourced textures to suit the look. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
One Community sees a path to redefining the anthropocene epoch 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 revamped the hub connector content by adding images and understanding the material better. We also looked into the height of each layer or row to determine if the vertical elevation is uniform. The same team member also met with the Compression Testing Team to review their most recent aircrete results and their method, which were the first successful batch. Then she wrote up and edited the solar demand estimate details, connected with 2 new potential volunteers, and worked on a consent form.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 62nd and last week, now focused on finishing updates to the formatting of the Duplicable City Center Project Specification and Design Basis report. Daniela addressed comments she left for herself that required her to research and look at external references. Daniela researched and linked any code that was mentioned throughout the report so that the reader would have easy access to it. There were only two references she absolutely could not find. She also went through the document and made last adjustments to image titles in addition to trying to find titles to images based on google image search. Daniela wanted the proper name for each figure but was unable to find some of them. Pictures below are related to this work.
This week, Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) completed her 31st week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela worked again on the adjustments of the box where the TV will be installed. It was still showing the frame, so she lifted the TV up 2 more inches. She then re rendered all aspects of the room that needed final approval. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ranran Zhang (Architectural Designer) completed her 8th week working on the updated video internal and external walkthrough for the Duplicable City Center. This week, Ranran modified the SketchUp model mentioned in last week’s feedback, i.e. reducing the height of the column in the social dome. In addition, she had a meeting with Yuxi to discuss the protective way for elevators. After the meeting, Ranran added protective spaces for these outdoor elevators. In this way, the outdoor elevator can avoid being infiltrated by rainwater. She also updated the Lumion file according to modified parts and selected three views that needed to be rendered. These views are located in the restaurant, library, and the second floor of the Social Dome. See below for some pictures of this work.
One Community sees a path to redefining the anthropocene epoch 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 worked on updates for the Rabbits and Chickens websites. We added missing links into the Chickens Resources section, provided a description for chickens feeding section, and updated the Cost Analysis spreadsheet for chicken coop. See pictures below.
Yifei Zhu (Analyst and Researcher) also completed her 12th week, now working on reviewing and formatting for publication the recipes for the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Yifei has continued to worked on converting the metric measurement to imperial for the Master recipe and 3-day Menu blocks. Yifei has converted from tbsp to oz, from g to oz. Yifei re edited the content from page 100 to 165. She also converted the formatting for these pages. Pictures below are related to this work.
Rebecca Miller (Chef) joined the team and completed her 1st week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. This week Rebecca worked on the master food cost spreadsheet. She fixed the formula so that the measurements were auto-populated from the master recipe template. She noticed that the majority of the products entered were not priced out correctly by the correct unit of measurement, so she fixed that. Rebecca also went through each link as many were missing or had incorrect products and started looking into fixing the formula to get these food costs auto populating into the master recipe template. See below for some pictures related to this.
One Community sees a path to redefining the anthropocene epoch 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 sees a path to redefining the anthropocene epoch 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 32 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.
Yan Xu (Software Development Engineer) completed her 27th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Yan created a new summary button, search bar, and summary button, active summary, for the summary management page. She also formatted the summary page with the style, font, layout, and margin, now its style has been unified with our website style. Next, Yan will make every button on the page “live”, one by one (the functions of adding, deleting, modifying, querying summary), which is her task in the next stage. She also created the PR for the pause and resume button, and after investigating, she found it is not possible to pause the user until tomorrow after every day after 16:00. Yan’s still working on fixing this. See pictures below for some of this work.
Navya Madiraju (React.js/MongoDB Full Stack Developer) completed her 17th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Navya checked the backend code locally and analyzed how the code is written, how the flow is happening, and how the email is triggering everything. She also checked the frontend code into local and analyzed it too, created a new user with admin to see how emails are populating and, after communicating with Jae, realized developing this functionality would be too much. Pictures below are related to this work.
Alan Lee Sing Chan Yau (Software Engineer) completed his 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This Week Alan started by helping Kaixian debug his PR and confirmed the errors that other fellow reviewers saw in Kaixiang’s PR, and fortunately Kaixiang was able to find the cause of the problem. The problem was that we were editing and deleting roles as admins but we should have done that as owners. Then Alan carried on to implement some changes that were requested on his PR about the duplicate name popup, but some of the requests were out of scope. Then Alan worked on the PR about changing the field name from Classification to Category when adding a task, and he was able to finish that and raised a PR. After that, he worked on the PR about time entries still showing in the dropdown of Tasks when we enter a tangible time entry even after we just deleted the task. He was able to fix this problem and raised a PR as well. The last thing he worked on was the fix misspellings PR. Pictures below show some of this work.
Kaixiang “Kevin” Gu (Fullstack Software Developer) completed his 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Kaixiang focused on resolving issues in his PR editing role names and deleting roles. He found that the functionalities only work for the Owner role account. He made changes to hide all the buttons for the users who are not Owner. For now, the edit name is not working on another person’s computer, Kaixiang still needs to debug this issue next week. He also fixed a negative value bug in his intangible hours PR, improved the UI on the volunteering times tab, and made all the labels and numbers alignment centered vertically. Pictures below show some of this work.
Jianjun Luo (Software Engineer) also completed her 10th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jianjun continued working on making the ‘all’ button of the WBS task page able to open all the folders in one click. She first figured out the cause of the bug in certain cases that occurred in the work from last week. To solve the problem, she tried several methods to implement the function and chose a better way to achieve the goal. There are still a few small parts that can be improved and will be wrapped up next week. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rajasri “RJ” Janaki Raman (React/MongoDB Full-stack Developer) completed her 9th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. RJ completed Urgent priority bug 1 and raised PR 663. She fixed the login component “forgot password link” alignment as part of PT 663 too. As part of UP bug 1, she analyzed the possibility to improve timelog load speed using google/pagespeed tool and studied a few React/Redux topics. RJ also cleaned up the leadership PR review page on Slack for easier status checking of PRs and updated status for pending PRs and reviewed PR 635 and the related backend PR. Pictures below show some of this work.
Johny dos Santos Anastacio (Software Engineer) completed his 8th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Johny worked on his task, “Fix 100 hours total contributed badges bug”. He found where the bug is being generated, and he found that the user profile is not being updated when adding tangible time (using the green button and using the timer too), and the badge 100 hours for any category is not being assigned because it is not calculating in the categoryTangibleHrs variable. Johny fixed this, now he will find why the user profile is not being updated. Pictures below show some of this work.
Aishwarya Kalkundrikar (Full Stack Software Developer) completed her 6th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Aishwarya picked a new bug: Make the “total remaining hours” column show the correct number after deleting tasks. She tested the scenario in the Dev using various test accounts as well as existing accounts but was unable to replicate the issue. The issue exists only for 2 existing users on Dev but on Main is faced by all users. Aishwarya has also gone through multiple files and compared related files on Dev with Main, no change was observed. She also thoroughly went through the code logic from where values are picked but has not found any issue with it. Pictures below show some of this work.
Raul Effting (Jr. Front-End Web Developer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Raul continuously checked and reviewed more PRs. Frontend PRs included: 654, 641, 639, 620, and 595 Backend PRs included: 270 and 266. Approved PRs included: 663 He also worked on “'(PRIORITY LOW): Optimize user profiles for phones and tablets.” The Blue Squares section was improved to fit on small screens, the tabs have been replaced by a list with modals, the list items were replaced by buttons, and the first modal (Basic Information) was improved to fit on small screens, Gurkanwal, Filipe, Anish, Prabhjot and Tianjue were mentored about how to review the PRs too. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Pedro Elton (Frontend Software Developer) completed his 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Pedro worked on the redesign of the modal at “Admin Login → Other Links → Projects → Click WBS Icon by project chosen → Choose WBS → Add Task. Pedro also changed the position and style of different components within the same modal and developed features that are being tested to be implemented next week to improve user experience on searching resources. Pictures below show some of this work.
Rafael C Castro (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Rafael performed PR reviews, checked their related code and followed up on those with new developments. Rafael also tested the HGN App for features/bugs and tested the new timer component. PRs reviewed: PR#266, PR#270, PR#272, PR#622, PR#651, PR#652, PR#654, PR#656, PR#663, PR#664 and PR#665. Check out the pictures below as examples of this work.
Prabhjot Singh (Fullstack Software Engineer) also completed his 2nd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Prabhjot reviewed 8 to 10 PRs. He went through some old ones, but the instructions were not clear, so he requested more info. Prabhjot also approved two PRs, suggested some code changes, and became more acquainted with the team and the process. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Filipe Santos de Oliveira (Full Stack Developer) joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Filipe worked on getting the HGN React App running locally. He ran into some problems loading the application, and noticed that the dashboard does not show the current version of the Pull Request 654 he started reviewing. He continues to problem solve these issues. See below pictures as examples of this work.
Anish Pandita (Software Engineer) also joined the team and completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Anish completed multiple PR reviews and also went over multiple code files for the same. The week started with setting up and installing all the necessary softwares on his local machine and completing all the initial setup checklist and other formalities mentioned on the google doc. The second half of the week was more inclined towards testing and reviewing the PRs raised on the slack and git pulls. The reviewed PRs include #665, #657, #641, #652, #663, #654. Anish also faced some Nodejs version issues while testing so had to reinstall everything again to solve it. See pictures below as examples of this work.
Gurkanwal Singh Kang (Software Engineer) joined the team and also completed his 1st week helping with the Highest Good Network software. Gurkanwal finished several PR reviews and examined numerous related code files. Setting up and installing all the required software on his laptop was the first task of the week. Gurkanwal finished the basic setup checklist and all other requirements outlined in the google doc. The second half of the week was focused on testing and assessing PRs from GitHub. Included in the examined PRs are #665, #657, #641, #652, #663, and #595. See below pictures as examples of this work.
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