All municipalities have some sort of urban planning in place, but many cities reveal a hodgepodge of the old and new, remnants of earlier days mixed with deliberate planned contemporary structures. Rarely do you see a city that is as meticulously planned as Astana, Kazakhstan.
Formerly a small, industrial town in central Kazakhstan, Astana was named the country’s capital city in 1997 (moved from Almaty, the former capital). At that point, Kazakhstan’s President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, contracted architects across the globe to design the futuristic structures rise on the left bank out of the steppe grasslands that mark the Kazakh countryside.
The city’s infrastructure fits with the goal of a population of one million inhabitants by the year 2030 – currently there are ~800,000 people – the result being that the city core feels vast, spacious, almost empty…waiting to be filled.
We took some snaps of our Top Ten structures you can find in Astana.