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1973: Sorry, Out of Gas
Exploration of the architectural response to the 1973 oil crisis
Steffen Böddeker, October 1, 2007
Citerns at Blandonnet near Geneva_Athos99 M. Bobillier
Citerns at Blandonnet near Geneva_Athos99 M. Bobillier
 
The research and innovations of thirty years ago are of particular relevance in the context of contemporary concerns about diminishing energy resources. While influential at the time, much of the innovative work of architects, engineers, and activist groups of the period was forgotten once financial markets and energy distribution systems adjusted, and political focus diminished. Today, however, a new sense of urgency is emerging, provoked by the reality of a deteriorating environment and a finite supply of fossil fuels. “It is of vital importance to consider the radical yet, in many cases, little-known work from the 1970s as architects today struggle to address similar issues,” said CCA Director and exhibition curator Mirko Zardini. “By providing insight on the forerunners of many contemporary approaches to sustainable living, the exhibition aims to increase public awareness and encourage contemporary research in the field.”

Citerns at Blandonnet near Geneva_Athos99 M. Bobillier
Citerns at Blandonnet near Geneva_Athos99 M. Bobillier
 
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