It seems we’ve reached the time where stewarding our one shared planet should be a top priority. One Community thinks the best way to help support this is modular and open source solutions for individual and large-scale implementation of sustainability. So we are creating free-shared tools, tutorials, and DIY resources for replicable and sustainable food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, and fulfilled living models.
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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 19th, 2020 edition (#356) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is stewarding our one shared planet 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 created the initial layout and content additions for the new “Wind Energy Infrastructure Cost Analysis” section on the Wind Energy Setup and Maintenance page. You can see some of this work in progress here and we’d say we’re about 70% complete with this section.
Oluyomi “Yomi” Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 13th week with the team. This week Oluyomi continued with the trompe and ram pump implementation research. Oluyomi completed the design details and DIY tutorial for creating a mini-trompe system. This included a cost analysis for the simple DIY trompe of approximately $158 USD. Lastly, he researched and wrote the first draft explaining what a ram pump is and how it works. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings the trompe and ram pump research to about 60% complete.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #177 of Dean’s work and the focus was finishing the rest of the work on the railings around the rooftop-patio and working on the doorway that will access the spa. You can see some of this ongoing work here.
And Shadi Kennedy (Artist and Graphic Designer) also completed his 76th week developing the Murphy bed instructions. This week he made the final edits needed to send this to the core team for final testing with 3D assembly. What you see here are some of the newer pages created as part of the final review and the list of everything needing to be reviewed/confirmed by the core team. We’d say this brings these assembly instructions to about 92% complete.
One Community is stewarding our one shared planet 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 Ron Huang (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 36th week developing and refining the Energy Modeling tutorial needed to achieve our LEED Platinum certification. This week Ron completed the baseline model using the revised occupancy loads and electrical heating for the hot tub and began updating the proposed model with the revised changes. You can see some of this work here and we’d say we’re now about 90% complete with the City Center energy analysis component.
Gevork Asatryan (Electrical MEP Engineer) also joined the team and helped write the first draft of the Basis of Design (BOD) we’ll be using to create the final Duplicable City Center electrical designs. You can some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
One Community is stewarding our one shared planet 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 work on the open source chicken coop step-by-step building instruction on our behind-the-scenes google doc. This week’s focus was working on the door assembly instructions and fixing a hinge problem we identified. We’d say we’re now about 90% done with these.
And the core team continued developing the open source permaculture design content. This week’s focus was continued work on Step 2 of the Permaculture Case Study section, “Assess Site Through Observation And Research.” This week we began developing the base map and explaining the rollout process, along with how our 1-year of observation phase differs from that of typical permaculture implementations. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) also continued with his 9th week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week he redesigned and remodeled the pond area to produce the following results:
You can see some of this work work-in-progress here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 80% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) additionally continued with his 7th week as a member of the team and working on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week Ali worked on the soil thermal properties for use in the first model for the climate battery. He also worked on the first 2D model of the climate battery to study the airflow inside the room and the pipes as well as the transfer between the pipes and the soil. For the first model simplifying assumptions are made for initial evaluation. More accurate assumptions will be considered later. Results show the fan is correctly functioning in the simulations and initiates the flow inside the climate battery. Also, the transfer of heat is correctly captioned at the interior of the pipe and the soil domains. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
And Stefanie Dean (Researcher) joined the team and completed her first week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and menu creation. This week she began recipe build out by creating a framework on how to propose recipe recommendations to obtain manager approval and developed an updated initial recipe format to complete final recipe builds in preparation for adding them to the website. You can see some of this behind the scenes work here.
One Community is stewarding our one shared planet 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 Ziqian Zheng (Architectural Designer and Drafter) continued with week 10 as a member of the team. This week Ziqian continued development of the Ultimate Classroom by adding opaque natural-lighting windows and skylights to the bathroom area and finishing the overhead storage areas. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is stewarding our one shared planet 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 Deema Ali (Graphic/Video Designer) completed her 8th week designing the new version of the One Community Homepage overview video. This week Deema continued to make revisions to the One Community Overview video by reviewing and integrating core team feedback, adjusting/retiming composition scenes, replacing and adjusting the placement of imagery, adjusting transition sequences, layering video clips, and reviewing and making final touches to version 8 of the video. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here and we’d say we are now about 90% complete with this video.
Tengxiao Wang (Software Engineer) completed his 2nd week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Tengxiao started modifying components to connect them with Redux, which would make sharing data between components easier. He finished the modification on Login and Header this week and you can see some examples of this work here.
Henry Ng (React Developer) also completed his 2nd week with the team and working on the Highest Good Network software. This week Henry completed an Entity Relationship Diagram for the HGN database, coding conventions, and restructured the source code. He also successfully ran the database and source code. You can see some screenshots related to this work below.
And last but not least, Siddharth Gore (Senior Software Engineer I) joined the volunteer team and completed his first week working on the Highest Good Network software. This week he completed the ability for a user to upload their own photo for their profile, the ability for a user to edit their name associated with their own profile, and the phone number “Publicly Visible or Not” box/option. He also refactored the code and made sure the libraries are up to date and started working on the ability for a user to edit their professional title for their profile. You can see some of this work here.
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