1973: Sorry, Out of Gas, an unprecedented exploration of the architectural response to the 1973 oil crisis

    On view at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from 7 November 2007 to
    20 April 2008

    MONTREAL, Nov. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Centre for Architecture
(CCA) presents 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas from 7 November 2007 to 20 April 2008.
Organised by the CCA, this major exhibition and its accompanying catalogue are
the first to study the architectural innovation spurred by the 1973 oil
crisis, when the value of oil increased exponentially and triggered economic,
political, and social upheaval across the world. Featuring over 350 objects
including architectural drawings, photographs, books and pamphlets, archival
television footage, and historical artefacts, the exhibition maps the global
response to the shortage and its relevance to architecture today.
    Taking its title from familiar signs at gas stations throughout North
America during those years, 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas investigates how
architecture and urbanism responded to this new reality. In contrast to the
era's sense of austerity it was a time of significant developments and intense
experimentation in the field of architecture.


    Occupying the CCA's main galleries, 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas is curated by
Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator, with Giovanna Borasi, CCA
Curator of Contemporary Architecture. The exhibition is organised along
interrelated themes, including Austerity, which reflects the impact of the oil
crisis on habits and lifestyle. Passive Solar surveys efforts to adjust
building design to take advantage of solar heat, while Active Solar addresses
the evolution and application of technologies to capture and convert the sun's
energy. Geopolitical Consequences examines the reactions and initiatives in
the political, commercial, and cultural realms. Insulation and Underground
Buildings presents attempts to conserve energy and integrate buildings within
their natural surroundings; and Wind maps the evolution from earlier wind
turbine designs for rural areas to new applications. Finally, Integrated
Systems outlines projects that operate on scales of greater complexity
involving food production and larger societal groups.


    Created by Montréal-based architect Gilles Saucier of Saucier + Perrotte
Architectes, the exhibition design employs an imposing, dark structure that
links the different galleries and establishes a continuous flow among the


    1973: Sorry, Out of Gas is the third in a series of thematic exhibitions
organised by the CCA to explore contemporary issues in architecture with a
specific focus on urban, social, and environmental concerns. It follows
Environment: Approaches for Tomorrow (2006) and Sense of the City (2005), the
groundbreaking exhibition dedicated to the sensory dimensions of urban life
that have traditionally been ignored or repressed.
    The CCA is an international research centre and museum founded in 1979 on
the conviction that architecture is a public concern. Based on its extensive
collections, the CCA is a leading voice in advancing knowledge, promoting
public understanding, and widening thought and debate on the art of
architecture, its history, theory, practice, and role in society today.


    The CCA thanks Hydro-Québec and RBC Financial Group for their generous
support of the exhibition.
    The CCA gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ministère de
la Culture et des Communications du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts,
the Department of Canadian Heritage, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Isabelle Huiban, Head of Press
Relations, (514) 939 7001 ext. 2607, Fax: (514) 939 7034, ihuiban@cca.qc.ca;
Source: Steffen Bvddeker, Director of Communications; High-resolution digital
images are available from the CCA press website at www.cca.qc.ca/press, click
on "Exhibitions". The login is general and the password is journal

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