City of the future: Kazakhstan
You know: maybe Sacha Baron Cohen really did strike a nerve with Borat? Whatever the reason, Kazakhstan looks set to strike back: it’s all fired up and busy building the most modern city on Earth.
Astana is being billed as the 'City of the Future' and is what is also becoming known as a 'Third Industrial Revolution city'. Almost everything about this metropolis is different to what we’re used to: Kazakhstan's plans are astonishing.
And Astana is not just going simply to be built and ignored. Kazakhstan has been selected to host the Expo 2017, the modern equivalent of international exhibitions such as the 1851 Great Exhibition in London and the Chicago World’s Fair, held in 1893. Both of these introduced new eras to the world: Victorian England and modern-day America. So there are high hopes that Astana will mark the ascendence of a modern Russian continent.
At the heart of it is a huge exhibition centre designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG). This centre will be transformed into the heart of a new type of city after the show. AS+GG’s plans show an astonishing level of independent thinking for what a city can be.
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