Crisis management

A timely exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture revisits and reignites contemporary concerns about energy resources. Organized by the CCA, 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas is the first major exhibition 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, plus archival television footage and historical artifacts – Sorry, Out of Gas maps the global response to the shortage and its relevance to architecture today.

Topics covered include the development and applications of both active and passive solar technologies; experiments with earth shelter buildings; and advances in wind power technology. Designed by Montreal- based architect Gilles Saucier of Saucier + Perrotte, the exhibition employs a dark and imposing structure that links the different galleries and establishes a continuous flow among the content.

1973: Sorry, Out of Gas runs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture from Nov. 7 to April 20, 2008.