by Nick Hannes
Over the past 70 years, a number of countries have decided to build new capital cities for ecological, demographic or strategic reasons - smart, planned capitals built on virgin soil.
Globalisation has had a levelling effect on the appearance of large cities, giving many of them a uniform, interchangeable look.
The contemporary city is increasingly becoming a city of simulations , stripped of historical stratification, local character and identity.
The specific is replaced by the exchangeable.
New Capitals takes a closer look at these urban processes in five places around the world
Nur-Sultan / Astana
New Administrative Capital
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