MAGAS, A NEW CAPITAL CITY. NAZRAN AN OLDER LEGACY. ANALYZING THE FUNCTIONAL AND SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS OF INGUSHETIA’S NEW POWER HUB Cover Image
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MAGAS, A NEW CAPITAL CITY. NAZRAN AN OLDER LEGACY. ANALYZING THE FUNCTIONAL AND SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS OF INGUSHETIA’S NEW POWER HUB
MAGAS, A NEW CAPITAL CITY. NAZRAN AN OLDER LEGACY. ANALYZING THE FUNCTIONAL AND SYMBOLIC ELEMENTS OF INGUSHETIA’S NEW POWER HUB

Author(s): Ilie Iulian Mitran
Subject(s): Social history, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Editura Ovidius University Press
Keywords: capital city; city planning; regionalism; Caucasus; terrain; urban network; amenities

Summary/Abstract: Topography, resources and tribal relations can hugely impact the manner in which a settlements develops over time. It is widely acknowledged that settlements are often placed strategically, their surroundings will have a direct impact on which economic branch will become dominant, or the vulnerability that it will have when it comes to natural hazards. Capital cities hold a special status, acting as hubs for various road and railroad networks, hosting a nation’s primary legal and political institutions, and being a key-player in commerce and financing. The national capital’s placement within the boundaries of a state has a tremendous impact on the outlying regions, and the overall stability and development patterns that will mark the nation as a whole. Due to its history marked by foreign occupation, and subsequent instability, along with rugged mountainous terrain, the Northern Caucasus lacks coherency in settlement patterns and still suffers greatly from the border anomalies, a vivid reminder of the Soviet era. Ingushetia underwent an ambitious project that seeks to transplant the republic’s capital from Nazran to Magas, a planned city that will better reflect the needs for progress and modernization that people crave for. This paper intends to analyze both symbolically and geographically the changes that the new capital city will bring in the cultural and economic environment of Ingushetia. Also, we will take into account aspect that relate to the city planning, and the key-edifices that will be hosted in Magas. As a result, the paper will try to explain the present correlations between the physical and symbolic elements that make up the new capital city.

  • Issue Year: 13/2017
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 235-244
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English