Architect Norman Foster speaks highly of Kazakh capital
Astana is one of the important achievements of Kazakhstan's independence and has every right to stay on one rank with world’s leading centers, according to the famous British architect, author of such projects as the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation and Khan Shatyr Norman Foster. The winner of the Imperial and the Pritzker Architecture Prize said that the invitation to take part in the construction of the new capital city was an exciting challenge for him and the process has left only pleasant memories.
NORMAN FOSTER, ARCHITECT:
I think it’s a wonderful challenge to be able to be part of an initiative to create a new center, a new capital. I think we are very privileged to begin that opportunity.
This is a foyer of one of the top UK universities. Foreign students of the University of Warwick look at the pictures of Astana sightseeing with a special interest. They particularly liked Norman Foster’s constructions: Baiterek, Khan Shatyr and Pyramid.
FRANK WANG, STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK:
I was surprised by the video clip, you know it’s like a 7 minute video clip, so it really shows how Kazakhstan has changed, you show some downsize, how your people were struggling during Soviet Union period and now you are with your country.
ROBERT PALLOW, STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK:
Really, really interesting, Kazakhstan is not something we have ever talked about in our lectures. We have talked about generic rising powers. I think it was very useful to have a concrete example of it. The country has a very specific perspective on its national security issues given exposition of Central Asia between China and Russia and its own history.
The architect pays special attention to energy saving in his projects. Inexhaustible natural resources such as sunlight and air should serve the people and be reflected in innovative technologies, he says. Therefore, Norman Foster fully supports the idea of the global exhibition EXPO 2017 in Astana, which, as we know, will be devoted to renewable energy sources.