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Defy gravity with design : FlyNY Kite Festival

Defy gravity with design : FlyNY Kite Festival

Architect Heinrich Hohmann with his entry, “City of Glass.” Photo credit : Macy Lao.

On May 9th 2009, architects, designers, artists, and assorted kite lovers converged on Manhattan’s Riverside Park for the first annual FlyNY, an international kite design competition. Founded by architects Hannah Purdy, Aurelie Paradiso, and Victoria Walsh, the festival was open to novice recreational flyers to seasoned pros. The top three designs will be featured in an article in the June issue of Metropolis magazine, and all winning kites will be auctioned off at a party in Chelsea on May 28th, with proceeds benefiting Architecture for Humanity.

Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst

Cole Gerst is an animator whose quirky environmental cartoon, YUNG YETI, won Sundance Channel’s Greenimation contest. To learn more about Cole Gerst and see his artwork, check out SUNDANCE CHANNEL’S Spotlight [www.sundance.tv]. 1. What’s your favorite political movie? A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 2. What role do you feel art plays in politics? It allows artists a…

Design Makes a Difference: The Ideas

Design Makes a Difference: The Ideas

Part of the TreeHugger mantra is “design makes a difference.” By changing the way we make things, we can effectively nip the problem in the bud, so to speak; by designing out the need for waste and designing in smarter materials and better production methods, the world can not only cut back on the extraneous…