A film screening with Francesco Garutti, director of the film Misleading Innocence (tracing what a bridge can do), and editor of the e-publication Can Design Be Devious?, followed by a conversation with invited guests, moderated by Andrew Goodhouse, CCA Editor.

Can Design Be Devious? explores the controversial story of the planning and politics of a series of overpasses spanning the parkways of Long Island. These bridges were commissioned in the 1920s and 1930s by Robert Moses, and the story suggests that the bridges were designed to prevent the passage of buses, thereby allowing only people who could afford to own a car to access Long Island’s leisure spaces. Moses’s possible devious intent and the transformation of the story in subsequent decades shaped a scholarly debate.

The publication was produced to accompany the film Misleading Innocence (tracing what a bridge can do), which was developed by Francesco Garutti during his residence at the CCA as Emerging Curator 2013–2014. It points to the complexity of the topic and the elusiveness of clear answers by presenting objects and documents that Garutti encountered during his research, both deepening the analysis and widening the scope beyond the case of the bridges.

Read CCA! Presented as part of CCA’s celebration of 2015 fall titles at the Chicago Architecture Biennial.  Free, but a RSVP is required: publications@cca.qc.ca