Arman Alma-Ata. Origin
The "Arman Alma-Ata" project appeared 5 years ago thank to the efforts of the group of architects "Atomik Architecture", the producer Nargiz Shukenova and the graphic designer Dastan Bissenov. The aim of the project was to launch a discussion on the importance of preserving the architectural heritage of the city.
In July 2014, the first stage of the project was held. It was a master class with students of architectural universities on the current state of historical buildings of Almaty, built in the era of Soviet modernism.

During the three days of the master class, students worked in three areas - Reimagine, Refurbish, Reuse - which are applicable to residential areas, "Arman" cinema and the Almaty house-building factory. Teams defended their concepts based on an analysis of the current situation with respect to the facilities (location, infrastructure, population, etc.).
In the summer of 2014, a meeting with the architect Almas Ordabayev in "Nedelka" city cafe was also held.
The next stage of the "Arman Alma-Ata" project was a multimedia exhibition as part of the celebration of the Day of Almaty city. Projection onto large screens, animation elements and a music line allowed to recreate everyone's favorite image of the city with iconic buildings, apple orchards and irrigation ditches with ringing mountain water.
The exposition included archival photographs, videos and drawings from the funds of the State Archive of Scientific and Technical Documentation of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents and Sound Records of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The project team in close collaboration with the State Museum of Art named after A. Kasteyev selected reproductions of paintings by famous Kazakh artists. The music producer of the exhibition was Akmaral Zykayeva.
In the summer of 2015, a series of urban plein-airs for residents of the city were held on the territory of the pavilion under construction "Artpoint".
The "Arman Alma-Ata" project was supported from the very beginning by "Arman" cinema, the British Council Kazakhstan, the Museum of History of Almaty, the State Archive of Scientific and Technical Documentation of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Central State Archive of Film and Photo Documents and Sound Records of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the State Museum of Art named after Kasteyev, KazGASA,
Goethe-Institut Kasachstan, √Čtage, "Nedelka" cafe, Mergen, Forbes, Arsen Rysdauletov, Akmaral Zykayeva, Daniyar Suleimenov, Saule Imanova.

In 2018, a new chapter began in the history of this project, as the public foundation "Urban Forum Kazakhstan" launched research work aimed at searching for information about the lost crown that once crowned the cinema building. The initiative was supported by the Goethe Institute Kazakhstan.
Photographs are submitted by Asel Yeszhanova and Dastan Bisenov