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City on the Steppe: Astana’s Architectural Wonders

By Alex Lee

Civilizations seem always to be striving to supersede their ancestors’ achievements with new inventions, technological breakthroughs and over-the-top architecture. And while yesterday’s flip phones are flung on the trash heap, the iconic architecture of the past remains. We still pay homage to wonders of the world like Stonehenge, the Sistine Chapel, the Great Pyramid of

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Kazakhstan Architecture

Chicago Architecture Firm to Transform City for EXPO 2017

By Alex Lee

Just a little more than two decades ago, Kazakhstan regained its independence as the Soviet Union was collapsing and took its first steps into the uncharted territory as a newly independent state. The new country inherited vast landscapes of mostly steppe, with little vegetation but rich in oil, gas and almost the entire periodic table of resources.

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Space Tourism in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Hopes to Draw Space Tourism to Once-Secret Star City

By Michelle Witte

Once one of the most secret 5,000 square miles in the world, Kazakhstan’s Baikonur Space Complex is now actively seeking more visitors. The oldest and now most active space port in the world has been open, to some extent, to the public for some time now, but not many foreign tourists have made the trek to the small city in Kazakhstan’s Kyzylorda oblast. Now, with a $1 million investment from Kazakh company Diamond Technology, the country is hoping to draw crowds to a new “Space Harbor” being built in Baikonur, a visitor’s complex with a platform for visitors to watch launches from and other tourist infrastructure.

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Kazakhstan’s Car Industry: Fast and Furious

By Alex Lee

The “Fast and Furious” movie series is well-known the world over among car lovers. The series’ characters enjoy the thrill of speed, but sometimes pay a serious price when they hit curves in the road. The same may be true for Kazakhstan’s automobile industry. Automobile manufacturing in the heart of Central Asia is growing at

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Kazakhstan Seeks Sochi Success

By Alex Lee

The upcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia provide an opportunity for tens of millions around the world to cheer on their countrymen, a lifestyle of achievement for the athletes and the application of strategy and science for the coaches. Kazakhstan had a lot to cheer about in the Summer Olympics of 2012 in

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