We’re creating a more sustainable world through open source and free-shared sustainability resources covering food, energy, housing, education, for-profit and non-profit economic design, social architecture, fulfilled living, global stewardship practices, and more. Combining these, we will build teacher/demonstration hubs to make sustainability (and eco-communities) easy enough, affordable enough, and demonstrate the experience luxury-eco living as attractive enough to spread on its own.
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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 June 26th, 2022 edition (#483) of our weekly progress update detailing our team’s development and accomplishments:
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One Community is creating a more sustainable world 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 finished reviewing the latest Murphy bed Assembly Instructions export. We added comments with suggestions for the Murphy bed wall and back storage unit and provided additional images for document updates.
Daniela Andrea Parada (Civil Engineering Student) completed her 33rd week helping with the Sustainable Roadways, Walkways, and Landscaping tutorial development. This week Daniela started by reviewing all new comments. To address these comments she researched what streets for the site plan would be necessary to have a drainage system. In doing so she reviewed the plans for the drainage system for Earthbag Village and the parking lot. She found a design plan and implemented it into the site plan. Daniela provided an image of all the main intersections where there would need to be a drainage system. She then added final calculations and comments to the Initial Roadways Costs and Initial Maintenance Costs tabs and continued writing the section for flexible pavement design and completed the section for flexible pavement rehabilitation. Pictures below are related to this work.
Diwei Zhang (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 14th week of work, now focused on 3D modeling and analysis review for the Net-zero Bathroom component of the Earthbag Village. This week Diwei determined the layout of the rainwater harvesting system after discussing it with management. Rainwater is collected from the rooftops of the net-zero bathroom, the shower room, and the tropic atrium. Only the rooftop rainwater is used for potable water usage after treatment. For 50 occupants, the net-zero bathroom requires a 1031-gallon water storage capacity to supply yearly faucet uses. A singular redundant 1600-gallon water tank placed under the shower room is applied. The collected rainwater is treated with filtration and disinfection first and then pumped to the barrels in the net-zero bathroom. The layout of the rainwater harvesting system, pumps, filtration, and disinfection are now 3D modeled. Pictures below show some of this work.
Ming Weng (MS Geography & Environmental Engineering) completed his 13th 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 checked waste-to-energy solutions other than pyrolysis based on type of waste and at small scales. Research papers were read to get an idea how flexible the plant can be made to make the solution economically feasible just like the pyrolysis example. The rest of time was spent on responding to comments and reviewing Kivia’s work to get comments, so different sections of the report can be connected. Pictures below show some of this work-in-progress.
Lam (Dave) T. Nguyen (Mechanical Engineer) completed his 10th week of work. This week, Dave finished double checking the energy demand of the Straw Bale Village. After that, he created pie charts to compare energy drawn from each area and from each type of item. Based on those pie charts and tables, he analyzed data by comparing to US daily energy consumption and validated data by coming up with some adjustment ideas. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a more sustainable world 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 reviewed the City Center Hub Connector final report, added comments to improve the document, and responded to added content. We also reached out to Dave on his progress with double checking energy demand estimates and discussed next steps and Raj and Prathik about their progress and remaining work as they wrap up their volunteer engagement.
Luis Manuel Dominguez (Research Engineer) completed his 50th week helping with research related to the City Center Eco-spa designs. This week Luis continued his development of the website narrative. As the design process is mostly complete, his focus now is implementing and reformatting the existing research into a cohesive and presentable format. He continued his efforts this week in doing so by standardizing the table formats and developing some other key sections. Pictures below are related to this work.
Venus Abdollahi (Architectural Designer) completed her 39th week helping finish the Duplicable City Center designs. This week Venus worked on elevations. She updated the South elevation according to the SketchUp model and changed the position of the vehicle entry and some columns to match the latest plans. She corrected sections C-C and C’C’ according to her supervisor’s feedback. See pictures below.
Huiya Yang (Volunteer Architectural Designer) completed her 36th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Huiya finished modifying the D4 door from fully closed to half-open. She also modified D3’s frame height from 7′-8” to 6′-10′ and modeled D5 and changed its height from 8′ to 8′ 7 3/4” to align with the top line of the adjacent window. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Yuxi Lu (Architectural Designer) completed her 34th week working on the Duplicable City Center architectural review and updates related to the structural code. This week Yuxi coordinated with the team on the D3 sliding door height to be in line with the general wall shape, and the D5 corner glass door to have the same clear opening as the adjacent window for better visual quality, while also verifying both doors can be designed to those heights. D7 entry door website link and image information was updated, and she reached out to the door company to verify we can get the custom product we want. Updated column information from CAD was also imported and verified with the SketchUp model to ensure accuracy. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Kamil Gajownik (Industrial/Product Designer) completed his 8th week of work on the Duplicable City Center dormer window designs and assembly instructions. Working towards assembly instructions, he fixed minor errors and details to ensure the design can be constructed. He learned how to use the split feature in solidworks to easily isolate each part and then turn it into a 2D drawing with specifications so it can easily be built. Kamil will continue to do this for the entire design and then make assembly instructions. Pictures below are related to this work.
Yujue Wang (Architectural Designer) completed her 6th week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week, Yujue continued development by updating the window and sofa, designing the ceiling lights, and updating renderings. She also continued to work on cost analysis and presentation documents. In terms of room design, she updated the window model in SketchUp and updated the sofa to one that can be turned into a bed. Yujue also added a themed table lamp and garbage cans in the room. See below for pictures related to this work.
Jessica Santos (Architect) completed her 3rd week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Jessica kept working with Interior Design Cost Analysis and found some items that she thought would be good to add or switch in the project, so she worked doing that in parallel with the 3D model, updating these items. She also started the configuration to render the images, lighting the room. See below for some pictures of this work.
Gabriela Vilela S. C. Diniz (Architect and Urban Planner) also completed her 3rd week working on the interior design for the Duplicable City Center rental rooms. This week Gabriela made a diversity of requested changes to the design of the “Fairy Garden Room”, most related to the maintenance of the room and for the safety of children. She also updated her City Center Interior Design Cost Analysis table excluding the items she took off from the layout and added the new ones. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a more sustainable world 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 another detailed review of the latest 3-day menu blocks for the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan. We reviewed the 3-Day Menu Block Docs through page 26. We focused on the food selections and their appropriateness for the particular meal, suggesting specific oils (olive, avocado, and sesame) over general vegetable oils, minimizing salt in the recipes and having it available on the side for those desiring more, adding various ingredients such as buckwheat and cornmeal flours, honey substituted for sugar, nutritional yeast for a healthier and flavorful condiment, tempeh in conjunction with tofu for enhanced protein, etc.
Another team member reviewed the first team member’s comments, made their own, and updated the design criteria to improve the process and help provide detailed review guidance for another new team member that will be assist with data entry.
Yinka Omole (Recipe Reviewer and Data Entry Assistant) also joined the team and completed her first week helping with the Transition Food Self-sufficiency Plan and related menu and meal plan recipe review and data entry. This week Yinka reviewed the recipes and read through them and made grammatical corrections to some. Then, she started entering the recipes into the Transition Kitchen Recipe Build Out (Outline) spreadsheet on Google Sheets. Lastly, Yinka entered 3 day Fresh Week Menu A, 3 Day Fresh Week Menu B, and she started entering recipes for 3 Day Fresh Week C. Below are some images related to this work.
One Community is creating a more sustainable world 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, Adolph Karubanga (Certified Project Manager & Civil/Structural Engineer) completed his 14th week helping with the Ultimate Classroom structural engineering. During the week, Adolph finalized the AutoCAD drawings of the roof structure. He then began detailed analysis and design of the remaining structural elements (beams, columns and foundations) including structural idealization. In order to maintain the dimensions, Adolph exported the original AutoCAD file (saved as DxF) into Tekla structural designer, and is in the process of finalizing the 3D layout of the entire plan. Pictures below are related to this work.
One Community is creating a more sustainable world 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 29 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.
Phu Nguyen (Software Developer) completed his 13th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Phu finished fixing the tangible hours front end + backend. The tangible hours are now able to be modified and saved by an admin. Phu also started working on the bug: Log on time shows up on its own. The pictures below relate to this work.
Yiyun Tan (Software Engineer) completed her 12th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Yiyun put most of her time into creating the ability for users to log time on assigned tasks. Currently Yiyun finished the frontend/UI changes and tasks have been added to the TimeEntryForm when users are logging tangible/intangible time. Tasks have also been added to the TimeLog card “Filter Entries by Project and Task”. Pictures of some of this work are below.
Ron Magpantay (Software Engineer) completed his 11th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week, Ron worked on providing support for pull requests that involved performance changes on the front end and which helped to correct data inputs. In development, Ron worked to correct an issue affecting admin accounts when entering intangible time entries and is currently working on fixing a small kink with the fix. In addition, he provided a fix for a CSS display issue in user profiles. See pictures below for some of this work.
Eiki Kan (Software Engineer) completed his 7th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. In terms of management work, this week Eiki reviewed weekly summaries and led the biweekly team meeting. For software development, Eiki continued to work on the task notification feature. He pair-programmed with Vera to plan, discuss, and implement the feature. On the frontend, he added functionality to create and display task notifications on editing a task. He also refactored last week’s code to create and display task notifications on adding a task by moving async calls in the reducer to a redux thunk. Finally, Eiki set up the modal view on clicking the red bell. See pictures below for some of this work.
Yongtae “Yogi” Park (Graphic Designer, UX Designer) completed his 5th week helping create the social media images for these weekly progress update blogs. This week, Yongtae created several images using assets from Unsplash, Pixabay, and Master Graphics. He has experimented with overlaying images with different lights and applying gradations on them so that the main text is more visible. He has struggled to find some new images however because the image samples from those resources are limited and start to become repetitive. He will look for other image resources that are free and copyright safe. Below you can see the images he created.
Vera Timokhina (Software Engineer) completed her 4th week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Vera was working with Eiki. They made it so that when you click on the red bell, a modal opens, in which the difference between the old and edited state of the task will be displayed. Also, now users can edit tasks and see a red bell when there are some updates. Additionally, Vera fixed the bug that appears when a user edits a time entry and changes the date so the time entry must move to another week. The wrong behavior was that the edited time entry was moved to another week, but did not disappear from the edited week’s entry list until the page was refreshed. Now it works without refreshing. Vera also started to work on the reports pages header and refactored the project report component, so now it uses hooks. See pictures below for some of this work.
Jason Kim (Software Engineer) completed his 3rd week helping with the Highest Good Network software. This week Jason primarily worked on the Progress Bar component that he is tasked with. He finished all the functionality related to the component and submitted a PR request for review. Work was reviewed by Yiyun and he then worked to resolve the issues that had been pointed out. Specifically, point 1 on the request, a text alignment issue. See pictures below for some of this work.
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