We’re transforming the global sustainability conversation. We think it should go beyond just food, energy, and housing and also included education, Highest Good economics, social architecture, fulfilled living, and global stewardship practices. In support of this, we’re open sourcing DIY plans for all these areas and more. We will then use the combined plans for all of these to build teacher/demonstration hubs that will work together to develop and open source and free-share even more DIY plans and implementation information.
Click on each icon to be taken to the corresponding Highest Good hub page.
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 December 8th, 2019 edition (#350) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
One Community is transforming the global sustainability conversation 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 did final updates for the Murphy bed electrical in SketchUp 3D. This included minor wiring changes, checking in with two electricians willing to answer basic questions, and a final review of the current plan to confirm it is the best we can make it until we’ve got a licensed electrician willing to do a comprehensive final review and update.
The core team also finished construction of the Earthbag Engineering Page. This week we finished the Resources, Summary, and FAQ sections and did a final proofread and review. Then we shared it through all our social media accounts.
Oluyomi Sanyaolu (Technical Writer and Researcher) completed his 7th week with the team, continuing cost analysis of external Earthbag Village components. This week Oluyomi completed the roadways, walkways, and landscaping research. Cheaper options for roadway materials and drainage solutions were discovered, decomposed granite (DG) and swales. Having completed the primary research for this part of the project, he then started doing the final review, editing, and updating all of the cost analysis data to make the information easier to understand and more presentable for the website. For example, the options for wind and hydro power plants were re-arranged in their spreadsheets from recommended choice to least recommended. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
Dean Scholz (Architectural Designer) also continued helping with the Earthbag Village (Pod 1) 4-dome cluster designs. This week was week #171 and the focus was adjusting the rooftop patio height and shape and testing in 3D the emergency window exits from the 2nd floor. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is transforming the global sustainability conversation 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 began the final review process for the energy modeling content we’ll be adding to the LEED Platinum certification and City Center open source HVAC design tutorial. We reviewed the complete content shown here and added all our questions and comments needed to finish it.
Working off this, Ron Huang (Mechanical Engineer) continued with his 31st week developing and refining the Energy Modeling and LEED Platinum details, answering our questions, revising his content, and adding equipment performance details. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings completion of the City Center energy analysis component to 85% complete.
One Community is transforming the global sustainability conversation 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 compiling narratives and adding info and photos to our behind-the-scenes chicken Google Doc for the specific chicken breeds that will be best for our project. You can see some of these behind-the-scenes portions here.
In addition, the core team found a new resource for further developing the DIY Dam Design and Construction open source hub. This was two videos by Geoff Lawton about two case studies on dam/swale implementation. We took the notes shown here covering the information we though would be beneficial for the Dam webpage. Next step is the process of going through and organizing the notes.
Mohammad Almuzaial (Civil and Construction Engineer) also continued with his 3rd week helping with the Aquapini/Walipini civil engineering details. This week Mohammad completed the design and layout for the site drainage system. This included creating a linked Revit architectural model in an MEP template to layout the plumping system, laying out two 4” PVC drainage pipes to be connected to the structures to draw cool air – one from the north side drainage to the pond and another from the south side drainage to the pond, and laying out four 8” corrugated pipes that run from the trenches to the pond and each connect with one drain on the lower level using a 4” corrugated pipe. You can see some of this work here and we’d say this brings this part of this component to 45% complete.
Ali Ghahremannezhad (Mechanical Engineer) also joined the team and began work on the climate batteries for the Aquapini/Walipini structures. This week he began by reviewing and reorganized the previous documents containing One Community’s research on Climate Battery design. He added more notes from more recent resources and started to evaluate and improve the current 1D thermal model for the Climate Battery. You can see some of this work here.
One Community is transforming the global sustainability conversation 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 Dan Alleck (Designer and Illustrator) completed his 59th week helping with render additions and finishing work for the rooms in the the Ultimate Classroom. This week he began revisions and additions to the indigo room representing “Social Sciences.” What you see here are his first round of revisions and additions to this room.
One Community is transforming the global sustainability conversation 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 Emilio Nájera (Digital Marketer) continued work on our volunteer and donation campaigns. This week he further refined our keywords to improve performance and address compliance issues raised by Google.
Deema Ali (Graphic/Video Designer) also completed her 3rd week designing new versions of the One Community Overview videos. This week she made revisions to the first draft of the main overview by the core team. This included adding in new video clips, transitions, and visual effects to the video. You can see some of this behind-the-scenes work here.
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