Culture capital of the Turkic World

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The 1001 fairy tale of the East, a cultural capital of Kazakhstan, a center of arts and festivals of Central Asia, a contemporary oasis in Syr Darya valley. There are only a few targets of urban transformation of Turkistan, the masterplan strategy designed by interdisciplinary team of Urban Sustain Architecture (Kiev) and Frame Art (Astana). Turkistan is one of the oldest cities in Kazakhstan, former capital of Kazakh khanate and religious center of Central Asia. This city plays extraordinary role in culture and history of Kazakhstan. It is Kazakh Mecca, former capital of Kazakh khanate, historical pantheon of Kazakh politics. It is also a heart of touristic region of the group of ancient cities on Syr-Darya. Here are located nearly 50 medieval cities of the ancient cultures Soghdiana, Chorasmia and Transoxiana. Kazakhstan state authorities defined key objectives of urban transformation – new administrative center and culture capital of Central Asia and the Turkic World. Turkistan is conceived deemed as a touristic attraction in a row of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. And the city has a potential for it. Key locations for transformations are Old City with UNESCO heritage of Khawaja Akhmed Yasavi Mausoleum and new administrative district of New City. The project based on the results of field research and assessment of economy, culture, transport, environment, theatre industry of Kazakhstan, landscape and biodiversity, priorities of development and city`s stakeholders. Sustainable development of this project is impossible without: support of small and medium-sized businesses; involving of stakeholders on micro- and macro-levels; reorientation of the microeconomics to services, recycling and science-based industry; legislative and financial support of culture and development of independent creative industries. All mentioned above statements are included in the strategy core. Together with key objectives the strategy proposes scenarios for solving of ecological and urban issues of the microregion of Turkistan. Main of them are water management and water quality, salination and degradation of soils, deforestation and failure of ecosystems, waste management, Aral Sea ecological disaster. The strategy affects changes in view and structure of the historical city center (Old city district) and proposes creation of the new business and administrative center on the actual outskirts of the city (New city district). Key values: 1. Routes from the Old city to the New city and back. Pedestrian, bus and bicycle routes, trade streets and boulevards connecting Old and New city. 2. History through the centuries. Cultural and historical urban landscape as a basis for proper transformation of the city into a center of the Turkic world. 3. Attractions on every corner. Unique and diverse urban landscape formed by archeological, historical and cultural monuments, pieces of landscape and park design and contemporary architecture objects 4. Turning grey into gold. Proper transformation of urban environment, scientific recovering of the heritage objects, increasing the city`s comfortability for the citizens and tourists. 5. Highlite street edges. Well defined city structure with clear separation between public and private, street and courtyard space. 6. Unite the nature. Recovering of the rivers. Connection of the green belts into a single network of natural landscape which penetrates the entire city. 7. Bioclimate and energy. Using the local advantages of the climate for increasing of the energy security. Energy efficiency and rational usage of resourses. 8. Transportation without problems. Convenient and comfortable public transportation system which takes into account seasonal dynamics of touristic flows. Local electric transport inside the buffer zone of historical heritage area. Quick and convenient connection to the outer world 9. Sustainable implementation. Project focused on the real opportunities for development, market demand, macro- and microeconomy factors.
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