Kazakhstan’s new capital named Astana is the opposite of understated. After dark, government buildings change hues as the night progresses, creating a theme park atmosphere. Prize-winning British architect Norman Foster is one of many foreigners who helped shape the city with purple Khan Shatyr shopping mall.
Together with John Lancaster, Gerd explored life in the new capital, where the population swelled from 300,000 to more than 700,000 in a decade.
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