Doco Games

Docomomo pits preservationists against each other

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Competition bracket for the Doco Games. (Courtesy Docomomo)
Competition bracket for the Doco Games. (Courtesy Docomomo)

This November, architecture preservationists are gearing up for a fight the likes of which they have never seen. It promises to pit historians and authors against each other in a national battle royale out of which only one will emerge the winner. Who or what could be behind such conflict in America today? Docomomo, of course. The United States chapter of the international organization dedicated to preserving modern buildings is hosting an unconventional fundraiser this November that the group is calling the #DocoGames.

Image of Kate Wagner's role in the Doco Games

Kate Wagner will represent the Burroughs-Wellcome building. (Courtesy Docomomo)

Here’s how it’ll work: On Tuesday, November 27, 16 preservationists will face off in a fundraising tournament where they encourage the public to donate in support of a threatened modernist building of their choosing. Writer Kate Wagner, for instance, will be rallying for the Burroughs-Wellcome building designed by Paul Rudolph. The 16 tribunes have two hours to out-fundraise their assigned competitor, after which time the victor will advance to the next round in the tournament bracket. The participants will reach out to their followers on social media to support their cause and help them survive the competition. The games will start at 10 in the morning, and a winner will be declared at the end of the day.

More information is available on the Docomomo US site here.

Participants include:
Jon Buono, Architect, Howard L. Zimmerman Architects
Meredith Bzdak, Architectural Historian, Mills + Schnoering Architects | Director, Docomomo US
Barbara Campagna, Architect, BAC/Architecture + Planning
Nathan Eddy, Filmmaker, Starship Chicago
Todd Grover, Architect, MacDonald & Mack Architects | Secretary, Docomomo US
Gunny Harboe, Architect, Harboe Architects | Director, Docomomo US
Tim Hayduk, Lead Design Educator, Center for Architecture
Eric Keune, Architect, Skidmore Owings and Merrill
Robert Meckfessel, Architect, DSGN | Vice President, Docomomo US
Theodore Prudon, Architect, Prudon & Partners | President, Docomomo US
Robert Pullum, Freelance Creative Director | Director, Docomomo US
Shelby Schrank, Intern, Docomomo US
Hannah Simonson, Architectural Historian, Page & Turnbull | Director, Docomomo US/NOCA
Kate Wagner, Blogger, McMansion Hell
Liz Waytkus, Executive Director, Docomomo US

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