How Big is Big in Astana’s architecture | Mike Oades | TEDxAstana

Mike Oades, architect, thinks that Astana can be a touristic centre with its architectural landscape, but city should be more authentic and Kazakh. Another big question is how to create a comfortable environment for inhabitants. Mike gives an example of Berlin, where historical buildings were not demolished but modified, and sustainability and comfort of people were among priorities during city developing. Mike suggest to use more ethno motifs in Astana and shows examples of Kazakh designers, entrepreneurs and architects who combine ethno Kazakh elements with modern approach in their works.

Mr. Oades is a founding Director of Atomik Architecture, based in London and Almaty. His portfolio includes the concept design of the “Palace of Peace and Reconciliation”, executed while working at Foster + Partners. More recently, he led the winning design of the Green Quarter competition, part of Expo 2017.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

About TEDx

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

This talk is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Learn more at


Save This Post

No account yet? Register