Mikrorayan (Mikrorayon), Afghanistan, Asia
 
 
Year1960latitude: 34° 31'
longitude: 69° 12'
Period
Initiator(s)
Planning organizationNone
Nationality initiator(s)
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organizationNone
Inhabitants
Target population
Town website
Town related linkshttp://www.kabul-reconstructions.net/index.php?id=173
http://subbotnik.a.tu-berlin.de/kabul/projekt/pdfs/tafel-kabul.pdf
http://www.archnet.org/library/images/thumbnails.jsp?location_id=14907
Literature

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New-Town-in-Town
Satellite
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
Capital
Decentralization
Industrialization
Resettlement
Economic
 
In the sixties Russian concrete companies and planning agencies developed the large satellite town of Mikrorayan east of Kabul. Its high rise slabs are placed in a geometric order that has nothing to do with either the topographic features of the terrain or with the Afghani traditions in architecture and town planning. However, their anonymous, monotonous character has lent a certain class of Kabul people the possibilty of escaping the suffocating social control of the traditional urban tissue of the old city. Mikrorayan is also one of the parts in a huge mosaic of foreign imports of urban models that seem to have nothing to do with each other.

source: Wouter

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