Architectural Utopia - a foundation myth encoded into the breathtaking architecture of city of Astana, Kazakhstan
On the surface, Astana seems to embody ostentation, nationalistic megalomania, and even Masonic symbolism; however, behind this gilded veil is an urban narrative of substance, meaning, and power.
In an age dominated by the fear of religious violence, nuclear destruction, and environmental catastrophe, Astana offers a prescriptive urban salve in which architecture and city planning are the instruments of a global message that seeks to fundamentally change our world.
Astana’s glass and steel masterpieces, its luxury hotels, megamalls, national monuments, and public institutions, provide a blueprint of three basic solutions for the necessary betterment of civil society: religious tolerance, nuclear disarmament, and planetary sustainability, an architectural guide to Utopia.
These three messages form the basis of a foundation myth that is communicated through the most significant buildings in the Kazakhstani capital, from Bayterek Tower to the Monument of Independence. Together, these buildings provide the bedrock of a universal tale about the rise of civilization and the peaceful co-existence of the human family.
The longing to recreate a perfect society runs through the whole of civilization and has underscored the foundations of modern America.
Astana provides an ideal model of a city that acknowledges the environmental limits of urban growth, while promoting greener livelihoods, cultural diversity, and a vibrant civic life directed toward happiness, health and the fulfillment of human needs.
Does Astana, the shimmering capital of Kazakhstan, veil a pan-national epic that heralds a new era of global cooperation?
Separate fact from fiction and find out how an underground stream of design principles and ideas permeates the layout and construction of the most extraordinary, futuristic city ever conceived, in Astana: Architecture, Myth and Destiny, an architectural guide to creating utopia.
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Excerpted from Astana: Architecture, Myth and Destiny, by Dr. Frank Albo