I have been lucky enough to have been spending the last week in the capital of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar. Being typical of cities seeing accelerated growth, planning and infrastructure are struggling to keep up.
This has led me to imagine what Ulaanbaatar could be like if it was designed from a blank slate to meet current and (immediate) future needs as well as reflect the community’s cultural identity.
Regarding the latter, the ‘City Steppe’ is a way for people, particularly younger generations, to engage with the herding way of life that is at the core of the Mongolian identity.
The shape of the central square is taken from the Mongolian national symbol, the soyombo. The sun and moon symbolise that the Mongolian nation will exist for eternity as the eternal blue sky.
See Google for a view of UB today.
Hand Drawn Map
I should start by saying it's great to be amongst some very inspring people and projects! Thanks Anne for bringing us together.
My plan is to map some or all of Dan Kieran's The Idle Traveller...