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1973: Sorry, Out of Gas at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

August 29, 2007
by Canadian Architect

Running from November 7, 2007 to April 20, 2008, this exhibition examines the oil crisis of 1973 as a major precedent of contemporary concerns about energy resources and fossil-fuel dependency. The 1973 shortage triggered research and development of renewable energy sources, improved technologies, and social experiments that were to have an enduring impact on the architectural and political fields. The global response to the crisis is presented through a juxtaposition of individualistic, counterculture North American approaches with the more structured collective responses of European communities. A diverse range of materials, including archival newspapers and television footage, architectural drawings, artifacts, and photography capture the political urgency and international scope of the energy crisis.

Curated by CCA Director Mirko Zardini, the exhibition considers the lessons of 30 years ago in relation to the current climate of concern about limited resources with the goal of increasing public awareness and encouraging contemporary research in the field.

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