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Armando Garma

Architect, Animator, Artist, Half of a Dynamic Video Production Duo.

I am good at Architecture, Environmental Responsibility, Video Production, Animation, Doing No Harm.

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    The $20,000 House: Social Justice Architecture via fastcoexist.com

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    Armando Garma5 months ago

    The Rural Studio has been doing amazing student work for 20 years in the poorest and most disenfranchised counties in Alabama. They have developed a program that is the envy of most architecture schools. Everyone should check out their website and see their work, and keep in mind this is all student work, which makes it even more stunning. From walls that use recycled and re-purposed tires, to a roof made of car windshields, this program has been on the cutting edge of sustainability and social justice, and problem based education which we discussed on GOOD earlier this month.

    http://www.ruralstudio.org/

    http://www.good.is/posts/high-school-final-exams-should-probably-be-replaced-with-a-real-world-project

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  • Armando Garma replied to a comment by Janette Nash

    What it Takes to Turn a Ghost Town into an Eco-City via magazine.good.is

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    Janette Nash5 months ago

    From Wikipedia: "The reason why Varosha is abandoned is due to the UN Security Council Resolution 550 (taken in 11 May 1984), which in short states that: “attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants is inadmissible”. Since TRNC is not allowed to resettle the area and the area is under TRNC control, this situation led to the abandonment of the Varosha district."
    How do you propose getting around this?

    Armando Garma5 months ago

    Simple. Turkey is the country holding Varosha, not the TRNC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus). The TRNC is not recognized as a country by any other nation aside from Turkey, therefore it is in reality Turkish occupied Cyprus. We would gain access to Varosha thanks to Turkey's desire to enter the European Union as a full member state. Cyprus is already a full member state of the EU. Before any country can be accepted into the EU, all disputes with other member states must be resolved. In short, Varosha must be opened and returned to its rightful inhabitants before Turkey can become an EU member. That is how gain access.
    Until then, Varosha is a city surrounded by the Turkish military and as such inaccessible. However, this is not going to stop us from planning for its sustainable future.

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  • Armando Garma replied to a comment by Mlevin

    What it Takes to Turn a Ghost Town into an Eco-City via magazine.good.is

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    Mlevin5 months ago

    I have spent much time contemplating the eco-city and have come to the idea that the best way to manage such huge in-organic undertakings is through gaming. What is needed is for all the experts and laymen you seek to engage with a reconstructed virtual city in a fun dynamic way where results can be tested and retested without the commitment of funds on the ground. With the final conclusions of the game in hand, it will be much easier to role out funding requests, technology decisions and general urban-planning strategies.

    Armando Garma5 months ago

    Interesting idea. Perhaps you could answer some questions for me. How long would it take to program a game with a complicated set of variables such as this, and would you be able to add new variables as you need and plug them in to the already existing gaming model without having to restart the simulation from zero?

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  • Armando Garma replied to a comment by Alessandra Rizzotti

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    Alessandra Rizzotti5 months ago

    Curious to learn more about how you will test the livability of this city once it's built. What's the primary focus of the documentary?

    Armando Garma5 months ago

    The primary focus of the documentary is to get Cypriots informed about the core concepts of sustainability and permaculture while capturing the efforts of our team in Cyprus. We want to show Cypriots how they can use these tools in a way to not only boost their economy but also heal the rift that has divided the island for the last 40 years. This is a project that is intended to benefit all Cypriots, not just a select few.

    Testing the livability of whatever is rebuilt will take a long time. First of all, there is no guarantee that the city will be returned any time soon. Sure there are a lot of signs that point to city being returned soon as a sign of good faith and as a step in Turkey's membership process into the EU. However, politics are always tricky and all it takes is for a few hardliners to rattle some sabers and set negotiations back years. Even if the fence were taken down today and the city were returned, it would take years as well for the city to get rebuilt and redeveloped to the point where you could have a baseline for testing. Either way, we have a lot of time to test our ideas and come up with a plan of action as to how to test the livability. Of course, we are always open to suggestions as to how to do so.

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    OYHM Reaching out to Young Latinos in the US via oyehelpme.net

  • Armando Garma replied to a comment by Patrick McDonnell

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    Patrick McDonnell5 months ago

    Armando, I love your brain! Okay, here's the Citi Bike pricing program. http://www.citibikenyc.com/pricing to get an idea of prices and potential discounts.

    Also, here's the Citi Bike facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CitibikeNYC and twitter https://twitter.com/CitiBikeNYC.

    Now it's just a matter of dropping them a nice little message about expanding the squats-to-rides model to bikes-to-ride model. You could also write an article on the open blogging platform Medium, and post it everywhere. I would def help spread it!

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    Armando Garma5 months ago

    Let's take this concept a step further. If NYC were to place the bike rental program further out into the outer boroughs, I mean WAY out in the fringes, then you could establish a system where you can chip away at the number of cars coming into the city. Bike riders could get discounted or free subway passes to ride in to the last stop on the subways. The discount could be determined on the distance that they ride. This could help cut down on car transit from commuters. Instead of a "Park and Ride" system, you now have a "Ride and Ride" system.

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  • Armando Garma replied to a comment by kjergens

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    kjergens5 months ago

    @Patrick McDonnell - I think your comment is the real find here! I never thought to post something to the City of NY's FB page but I just did. (See here - https://www.facebook.com/nycgov?filter=2) Thanks for the tip on getting involved.

    Armando Garma5 months ago

    I agree that this would be great in NYC, with one condition, that the machines be placed OUTSIDE of the subway station as far away from the turnstiles as possible. If you need to ask why, then you haven't ridden the MTA on a daily basis.

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    Take the Test: Are You Right or Left-Brained?

    Armando Garma5 months ago

    I'm in the equal camp, and I too was baffled by how anyone could see that dancer spin in any other way. Strange.

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