Astana, Kazakhstan

Gillespies won an international competition to produce a comprehensive ‘Terms of Reference’ (ToR) for the preparation of a masterplan for Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan. Gillespies’ ToR provides a 'city-making' guide for municipal and stakeholder decision-makers that can be easily followed and implemented, to ensure the creation of a vibrant, sustainable and successful city. Gillespies are now assisting the Mayor of Astana and its team in the next phase of this exciting project.

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In 1997 Astana was named the new capital of Kazakhstan. As a symbol of this new positive era for Kazakhstan, the capital has been the subject of extensive development which aims to raise its status to that of other capitals across the world.

Gillespies’ Terms of Reference has formed the foundations of a Design Brief for the future Master Plan for Astana. Our vision and subsequent proposals for Astana aim at complementing the work already carried out, and by using a bottom-up approach, ensuring the cultural and social identity of the city shine through and the new urban form and infrastructure knit together the various areas of the city, providing a people-orientated capital with a rich cultural diversity at its heart.

The spatial and land use proposals are informed by the analysis and definition of economic demand parameters and the market factors that are likely to shape and influence the economic development of Astana and the region, ensuring the economic sustainability of the most important city in Kazakhstan.