Radical Austria | Everything is Architecture


20 July 2021

This text by Bart Lootsma was originally published in the accompanying catalog of the exhibition. You can find the full catalog here.

In 1972 the Club of Rome publishes the report The Limits to Growth, making it clear that the earth’s natural resources are finite. The 1973 oil crisis makes the gravity of this situation even more apparent. In 1975, OPEC, the Vienna-based or­ga­ni­za­tion of oilproducing countries, was the target of one of the first major terrorist attacks in Austria.

The oil crisis and environmental issues have led to an international reconsideration of the technological fascinations of the avant-gardes of the 1960s. The Haus-Rucker-Co collective, in particular, reflects in sometimes very large installations on the con­se­quences of environmental pollution.

Haus-Rucker-Co, Protected Village, Collage, 1970. Courtesy Haus-Rucker-Co archive.