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Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Wachtmeister, Jesper. Microtopia. Göteborg: Eight Millimetres AB/Solaris Filmproduktion, 2013. HD, 52 min.

For most of us, “house” means stability, structure, and permanence. In an age of increasing population, technological gains and waste, there is a demand for smaller, more portable dwellings with minimal environmental impact. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability, flexibility, using or recycling waste as building material, and creating independence from “the grid.” It deals with contemporary urgent ideas for modern nomads, homeless people, and those looking for seclusion or to make their environmental footprint smaller. 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. (Source: Adapted from the Official Film Website

© 2013 Autlook Filmsales. Trailer used with permission.

This film is available at the Rachel Carson Center Library (RCC, 4th floor, Leopoldstrasse 11a, 80802 Munich) for on-site viewing only. For more information, please contact library@rcc.lmu.de.

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Further readings: 
  • Andreas, Marcus and Felix Wagner (eds.) "Realizing Utopia: Ecovillage Endeavors and Academic Approaches." Special issue, RCC Perspectives 8 (2012).
  • Gauzin-Müller, Dominique. Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism: Concepts, Technologies, Examples. Basel: Birkhäuser, 2002.
  • Lechner, Norbert. Heating, Cooling, Lighting: Sustainable Design Methods for Architects. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
  • Light, Andrew and Aurora Wallace. "Not Out of the Woods: Preserving the Human in Environmental Architecture." Environmental Values 14, no. 1 (2005): 3–20. doi:10.3197/0963271053306087.
  • Yan Song, Yan, and Gerrit-Jan Knaap. "New Urbanism and Housing Values: A Disaggregate Assessment." Journal of Urban Economics 54, no. 2 (2003): 218-38.
  • Yudelson, Jerry. The Green Building Revolution. New York: Island Press, 2008.