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In conversation with Yena Young

MEDUSA DIALOGUE - debates, talks and conversations.

Explore contemporary issues and ideas at the Medusa Dialogue series, featuring:

In conversation with Yena Young, partner and lead designer of Plastique Fantastique. A discussion around the language and myriad formal opportunities of pneumatic architecture. The conversation will be led by Ann Cleary – architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design.

Yena Young is an architect and designer with acclaimed Berlin-based design team, Plastique Fantastique. Plastique Fantastique is a platform for temporary architecture which samples the performative possibilities of urban environments. Established in Berlin in 1999, Plastique Fantastique has been influenced by the unique circumstances that made the city a laboratory for temporary spaces, and has specialised in creating pneumatic installations as alternative, adaptable, low energy spaces for temporary and ephemeral activities.

Ann Cleary FRAIA is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Canberra’s Faculty of Arts and Design. Ann's research interests are focused on architecture as urban artefact and temporal catalyst to understand enduring architectural value, spatial resonance and public realm cultural interface, engaging with Canberra as a design laboratory. Her experience in architecture and urban design encompasses twenty five years across a range of architectural projects, including a period working in Sweden and the US, with AKOS Arkitektkontor in Göteborg and Mitchell/Giurgola in New York. Her work with MGT Architects in Australia included many years on the Parliament House project as well as large scale project and competition work in Singapore.  Ann cofounded design group Cadence and established the studio practice a r k k u: architecture and urban design.

MEDUSA related events are weather-dependent. Cancellations will be posted on the website and Facebook. Due to limited capacity, bookings are required to participate in events inside MEDUSA,  however you will be able to enjoy all events from outside the installation. BYO picnic blankets and hats.

Plastique Fantastique’s installations AT Design Canberra and designer Yena Young’s attendance are both thanks to generous support from the Goethe Institut, the Capital Airport Group and the Delegation of the European Union.


Plastique Fantastique MEDUSA Installation
Commonwealth Place, Parkes, ACT 2600

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MEDUSA, Valencia, Spain. Photo: Plastique Fantastique
Presented as part of the annual DESIGN Canberra festival (4-24 November 2019) which celebrates and promotes Canberra as a global city of design. A Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre initiative.