Kazakhstan

August 17, 2012, 2pm PDT
You may have heard of the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan for the "enlightened authoritarianism" of President Nursultan Nazarbayev, or as the world's largest landlocked country. It's now earning a well-deserved reputation for its parking habits.
The Atlantic
January 27, 2012, 8am PST
<em>The Atlantic Cities</em> has posted a photo essay of the world's newest subway system, which opened on December 1, 2011 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Atlantic Cities
April 22, 2011, 8am PDT
Kazakhstan built a new capital city in 1997 in far-off Astana. This piece from <em>The New Yorker</em> takes a tour of the city, and finds a unique architectural development underway, but a city still in its early years of formation.
The New Yorker
August 9, 2010, 12pm PDT
Japanese architect Kisho Kurokawa designed a utopian vision interweaving the city and nature. Three years after his death, his vision is complete. Rowan More of the Observer pays Astana, the new capital, a visit.
The Guardian U.K.
June 2, 2010, 7am PDT
In the capital city of Astana, temperatures can drop to -40F. Kazakhstan's president Nursultan Nazarbayev says the city is fighting the cold by building an entirely indoor city, under a dome 2 kilometers across.
The Telegraph