Giovanna Borasi, Mirko Zardini

Sorry, Out Of Gas

Architecture’s Response to the 1973 Oil Crisis


From November 7th, 2007 to April 20th, 2008 the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal hosts the exhibition "1973: Sorry, Out of Gas", curated by CCA Director Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi. The exhibition examines the oil crisis of 1973 as a major precedent of contemporary concerns about energy resources and fossil fuel dependency. In fact, 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 both in America and Europe.

The catalogue of the exhibition is co-published by the Canadian Centre for Architecture and Corraini Edizioni. Book design by Massimo Pitis. An illustrated tale by Harriet Russell, specially conceived on this occasion, introduces the book from a child’s point of view. Her amusing drawings create ironic and funny situations in order to make children familiar with energy saving and oil dependency concerns.

Curated by Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi, with contributions by Adam Bobbette, Daria Der Kaloustian, Pierre-Édouard Latouche, Caroline Maniaque, Harriet Russell.


This book is also available in French.

isbn:  9788875701437

Book design:  Massimo Pitis

With:  CCA - Canadian Centre for Architecture

Languages:  English (also available in French)

Binding:  paperback stitched with flaps

Pages:  236

Width:  17

Height:  24

Edition:  2007