Kazakhstan has been inhabited since the Stone Age, but these days the skyline of its capital city, Astana, is considerably more Space Age.
Bjarke Ingels’ BIG Architects is the latest marquee name to have the chance to leave its mark on the city. One of five architectural firms invited to compete in a design competition, the agency beat Lord Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid, among 16 others, to earn the right to create the country’s first national library. The 300,000-square-foot futuristic circular building is expected to be wrapped up by the end of 2012 and will be named for president Nursultan Nazarbayev, who is credited with attracting big-name architects to dress up the country’s buildings. He also commissioned the library, which will house his administration’s archives, among other things. But residents and visitors will no doubt be drawn in by the unusual, circular, latticelike structure.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)