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Astana, a capital city designed from zero. By Kisho Kurokawa

Architecture News - Aug 15, 2010 - 08:14   5711 views

To look at, Astana is so strange that it has one grasping for images. Its a space station, marooned in an ungraspable expanse of level steppe, its name (to English speakers) having the invented sound of a science fiction writers creation. Its a city of fable or dream, as recounted by Marco Polo to Kublai Khan. Except its not quite so magical: its also like a battery-operated plastic toy, all whirring noises and flashing colours, of a kind sold by the citys street vendors.