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FMTV - Microtopia

Microtopia

Runtime: 52m 05s | Release date: 2016

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.

Featuring:
Ana Rewakowicz
Richard Sowa
John Wells
Jay Shafer
Stéphane Malka
Arstide Antonas

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Pamela Hall | 20 hours ago
Wow this is what I call inspired creation living outside the box. Sadly it took me nearly 2hrs to watch as it kept on dropping out to download. But it was worth waiting and watching. Some could be a a bit of challenge being a female. Thank you for sharing Blessings in love and light Pamela
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Ivory David | FMTV | 15 hours ago
Hello Pamela, thank you for your patience and for watching! If you continue to experience trouble in wathcing other films/videos please just let us know ~ Ivory :)
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Claudia P. Sánchez-Castillo | 1 week, 1 day ago
Very interesting the concept of how we could use space to live in. Made me think! Shortly before I have the thought, "I have much space to live (120m2) so I have turned it into two flats, one for rent! I am in a moment of my life in which I am prepare to transform the way I live into something more significant for me which, at the same time, impact both myself and the environment for better.
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Isabelle Wilson | 1 week, 6 days ago
Hum! Interesting but not for everyone. I love my spacious house . And I need my spacious house so I can invite my large family over or gather with my friends, help them out if they need a place to stay, my kids can do sleep over with their friends. I especially love my huge gourmet kitchen, I love to cook and having gathering around my kitchen island, I can buy in bulk instead of driving to the store everyday, so I loved a big pantry, and I will be miserable squeezed in a cracker box, and I don't feel guilty, but happy! I love nature and really enjoy the outdoor, and environmentally caring, but I love space , I can share it, dance in my home around the kitchen table and have fun with it!.
and yes, I agree with Joyce ,plastic to poison coral? How about building a bath tub with it. Many ways to be creative ! Thank you for the documentary!


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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 1 week, 6 days ago
We greatly appreciate sharing your feedback with us Isabelle :) ~ Joyce
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Andzelika Berestko | 2 weeks ago
I am about to move into a space that is 5x smaller than the room I used to occupy and I need to admit that it has changed my perception of which needs I have and how to satisfy them. The new space has only enough room for a small bed and a tiny airplane table. I am so grateful to be able to downsize and look at my true needs, what makes me happy, and reevaluate for the future. This documentary talks about it in a very beautiful way and I am really drawn to the idea of the dress that becomes a tent. I myself am thinking about simply walking with a backpack and sleeping in a free standing tent once I graduate college. So much inspiration!
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Karelle | FMTV | 1 week, 6 days ago
All the best on your journey, Andzelika! :) ~ Karelle
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Donna Ruck | 2 weeks, 5 days ago
I have decided to live in a smaller space. A couple months ago I decided to buy a 5th wheel and get rid of most of my possessions. If it doesn't fit in the 5th wheel then it has to go, I want to rent my house out for savings to have when I retire. I will eventually sell my house and move the 5th wheel and build a tiny house elsewhere. Still looking into where I want to build the house. It will be totally self sufficient though. Solar panels to compostable toilet. I will have a greenhouse with a portable hot tub for winter and use the greenhouse as a greenhouse in the spring and summer.
My kids think I have lost my mind.
This show has inspired me to get things moving a little faster maybe. I had given myself 3 years as that is when I will be 65 and will retire but thinking I may be able to do it if I sell my house now and spend wisely.
Thanks.
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Joyce Ann Solomon | FMTV | 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Thank you for sharing your wonderful story with us Donna. We are here with you all the way! Wishing you best of luck on your journey ahead :) ~ Joyce
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Jessica Huguet | 2 weeks, 6 days ago
wow I am impressed with these people! They are really simple in all its words. I would love to have that simplicity in my life. I will begin to work in it today. Thank you for the message. I will began to make finally my dream of clean out my house with all the suff I never use!!! Thanks!!!
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