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Frank Gehry’s Twin Towers in Astana

Written by on Tuesday, 22 July 2008
Culture and History, Kazakhstan

I wrote about this before on blogistan.asia, but I am still interested in the topic and therefore I will write here again.

Astana is something like a city of myth for many German newspapers and therefore often described as one of those unbelievable new cities built on oil and gas like Dubai and
Abu Dhabi. Last time I read some article like that, was in the German Kazakh newspaper DAZ in Almaty. On the first page of DAZ was a little teaser, which said something like that the Star architects Norman Foster and Frank Gehry are creating giant buildings in the Kazakh Steppe. I think everybody knows that, Norman Foster is doing a lot in Astana, but Frank Gehry? Interesting to see is that, if you “google” Frank Gehry and Astana you will get some results, which are mostly in German. Starting with this article of the big German newspaper Sueddeutsche, all these articles are saying something like: “Frank Gehry is building in Astana”. Funny thing is that, you will never find information about Gehry and Astana somewhere else besides German newspapers. If you look closer at the article you will notice that there was an original article written by the German Press Agency (DPA). This article was published in Sueddeutsche newspaper and the big monthly Focus. With this article DPA sold some pictures by Stefan Voss, which are claiming that there are some

Twin Towers (see photo below) of Frank Gehry in Astana. This information is now so deep in the internet, that every time some German journalist writes something about Astana, you will find a quote like:” Star archtitects like Norman Foster and Frank Gehry…” I was even once hiking with a German geographer, who was teaching at German Kazakh University, who told me about Gehry’ Twin Towers in Astana. When I am told him that I think he is wrong, he was shocked and reported me that he had a quote in his diploma thesis about Astana, which was like:” Star archtitects like Norman Foster and Frank Gehry”.

Maybe I am wrong and there are Twin Towers by Frank O. Gehry in Astana, but then he is trying to hide the fact. If anybody has some information about this, please write a comment.

astana15 (c) photo by Philipp C. Jahn

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