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Go fly a kite! No, really!

   /   Aug 19th, 2010Design, News

When’s the last time you flew a kite? If it’s been a while, there’s an interesting event in New York City this weekend that could help fix that.

FlyNY, drawing on last year’s success, returns for a full day of kite-flying festivities this Saturday, August 21. Co-hosted by the New York office of Architecture for Humanity and the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the day will be full of kite-making, live music and outdoor fun in Riverside Park. Kite-making supplies will be provided on Saturday as well.

With Architecture for Humanity’s mission to promote “socially responsible design advocacy” and “innovative, sustainable, affordable solutions to humanitarian issues,” organizers hope this event will bring forth a sense of community, engage children in a dialogue about design, and celebrate the city’s dynamic skyline.

For the past six weeks, the New York branch of Architecture for Humanity has been accepting kite entries from professionals around the world for this contest. This Friday evening, at a private event at the Center for Architecture, a panel of experts will judge the kites based on craftsmanship, structure, artistry, ingenuity, and performance. The jury panel will also host a conversation about innovative design. Some of the winning kites will be auctioned to raise funds for Architecture for Humanity.

It’s not all so exclusive, though; you’ll have a chance to check out the winning kites in action on Saturday. @_FlyNY and others will be live-tweeting the event and interested parties around the world will be able to participate in the discussion using the hashtag #DesignDialogue. If you can’t make it out to Riverside Park for the big fly day on Saturday, it’ll be easy to follow along from afar via FlyNY’s Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Saturday, August 21
10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Pier I @ Riverside Park South
70th Street and Hudson River, NYC

Photo: girlwparasol

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