Jeffrey Inaba, principal of the Los Angeles-based firm INABA, examines the urban centre and capital city of Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world with a proportionally small population of 16 million people. With its rich oil and natural gas reserves and strategic geographical location, Kazakhstan is poised to experience an economic boom and has already attracted the work of major international architectural firms.
Jeffrey Inaba is also program director of SCIFI, the postgraduate degree program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and director of C-Lab at Columbia University.
The Learning From… series takes its title from Learning from Las Vegas (1972), Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour’s vastly influential publication, which analysed the commercial strips and architectural symbolism of Las Vegas in order to understand urban sprawl. In this spirit, the series brings together experts to explore specific urban conditions and their relevance to the future development of cities.