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    Default The outlandish architecture of Astana, Kazakhstan

    The Strange, Post-Soviet Architecture of Astana, Kazakhstan

    I can't help but wonder if drugs were involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    The Strange, Post-Soviet Architecture of Astana, Kazakhstan

    I can't help but wonder if drugs were involved.
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    I'm wondering about the budget for the local version of the Environmental Protection Agency; aside from anything else, if there is such a thing as "noise pollution" then by analogy there must be such a thing as "sight pollution" and some of these buildings are *definitely* examples of that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_beard View Post
    I'm wondering about the budget for the local version of the Environmental Protection Agency; aside from anything else, if there is such a thing as "noise pollution" then by analogy there must be such a thing as "sight pollution" and some of these buildings are *definitely* examples of that!
    I thought the "beer cans" were garish, but the flying saucer thing for the circus seems pretty cool.
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    Visually, I find this city so ugly, artificial and depressing, but also fascinating. I get why people would want to build stuff like this after the 70-year period of communism ended, though.

    Most of the buildings look like something from a theme park, but the concert hall and some of the residential buildings aren't hideous. The entertainment center also isn't bad looking when it's lit-up.

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    I think it looks cool. I don't know why you people are being so negative.

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    I actually like the palace of creativity, its shape is perfect for catching ideas.
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    If you read the book Where The West Ends by Michael Totten, he talks a lot about the Soviet architecture left in the post Communist world. Most of it is depressing and it looks even worse where they have built modern looking buildings next to the old weird stuff. I think they call it Turkitecture in the book. Poorly constructed with cheap materials.
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    They look really beautiful.

    Will it mean I am odd if I say that non of them - except the one which looks like a pot - look outlandish?

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    Very interesting! There's an interesting whimsy to the designs.


    I like the beer cans


    ...and the palace


    ...triumph of Astana, although my favorite is the palace


    I don't really like those skyscrapers that are in the middle of nowhere, though, from an urban design perspective. They feel too random. Same with some of the other more municipal buildings.
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    I love foreign architecture. I get bored if everything I see always looks the same. I do not want to imagine a world where everything and everybody all over the planet dressed the same way, wore the same hairstyles, and built the same type of buildings. With USA media companies broadcasting their TV shows and movies all over the planet, people are starting to dress like us and copy our hairstyles, and they're listening to the same horrible crappy music we listen to. The more foreign a place looks, the more interesting it is to me.

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