Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 1, 2010.


FlyNY is an international kite design showcase, a unique and spectacular waterfront kite-flying spectacle in August 2010 on the Hudson River.

Open to architects, engineers, artists, students and youth, FlyNY aspires to inspire design novices and professionals alike through the challenge of designing and flying a kite. At this summer's event, over 4,000 design professionals and community members are expected in attendance.

Founded in 2008 by architects Aurelie Paradiso and Victoria Partridge Walsh, FlyNY 2010 is an event by the New York City Affiliate of Architecture for Humanity.

In 2009, the inaugural FlyNY kite-flying extravaganza attracted over 2,000 designers, families and kite enthusiasts to Riverside Park. On a beautiful afternoon, volunteers distributed over 600 free kite kits to community children. A panel of distinguished judges, including Michael Sorkin, evaluated the designers’ original designs first flight. Winning designs were exhibited and auctioned to benefit the New York Affiliate of Architecture for Humanity..

We believe that sharing one’s design talent and pedagogy has the power to touch and inspire. FlyNY’s goals are threefold:

1) Celebrate the skyline. The NY and NJ skylines are iconic to the world, but this distant perspective is a rare vantage point for most New Yorkers. FlyNY encourages everyone to look up and imagine their influence on the New York and New Jersey skylines.

2) Engage the public, especially our youth, in an innovative dialogue about design. FlyNY believes that designing a kite is didactic – an intuitive and creative process that encourages exploration. Volunteers will engage community children with educational kite-making activities.

3) Have fun! All it takes is some paper, some string, and some wind to enjoy FlyNY. Move beyond spectatorship; everyone is invited to participate in FlyNY as artists and performers.

Check out the FlyNY home page.
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For FlyNY 2010 competition details and registration visit us on

Note to Donors: 95% of your donation is tax exempt. To obtain a tax receipt, please email with the subject line "tax receipt", and we will email you a copy for your records courtesy of AFHny (c/o FlyNY 2010).


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    A FlyNY poster.

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    A CD compilation of music from FlyNY 2009 + a FlyNY poster.

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    Private kite making lessons with 2009 FlyNY winner, Emily Fischer of Haptic Lab.

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    All of the above + 1 winning kite & platinum recognition on the FlyNY website.

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