Microtopia

52 mins2016
Featuring: Ana Rewakowicz, Richard Sowa, John Wells, Jay Shafer, Stéphane Malka, Arstide Antonas
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Microtopia presents dreams of life in small, mobile, or temporary spaces. Several successful architects, builders, and artists from different parts of the world propose a radical solution to living space in which all unnecessary things are removed and seemingly old and worn-out items are utilized. Behind all this is a simple question: How much space, stuff, and comfort do we really need? Whether building islands from garbage, tents hanging from trees, micro-homes on wheels, residential sleeping pods, or experimental urban parasitic architecture, they are united by the effort to find ways to form new communities without environmental consequences.

How would you feel about carrying your home in your pocket or having clothes to live in? For most of us, “house” means stability, structure, and permanence. In an age of an increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations.

Microtopia explores how architects, artists, and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability, flexibility, and of creating independence from “the grid”. Modern nomads, homeless people, people in stress, people in need of privacy or seclusion - we hear about the personal reasons behind the dwellings and to see how they actually work. On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes, and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators. Microtopia deals with contemporary and urgent ideas that are addressed, and solved, in a very surprising way.