18 January 2009

Bishkek cityscape is visual pastiche

Downtown Bishkek is a pastiche of crumbling, drab, Soviet-style residential and public buildings, ramshackle outdoor markets, crowded streets, some very flashy new buildings, many of which are home for the burgeoning telecom industries, and an abundance of partially built structures that are constructed in fits and starts, some of which are no nearer to completion than they were two years ago.