Jakarta, ID by Isidro Ramírez

Jakarta. Modest Interventions and Minor Improvisations

Jakarta is one of the biggest and fastest-growing cities in the world. Its rapid growth in the last fifty years has not occurred without problems, and Jakartans have had to become accustomed to producing improvised strategies to temporarily solve the shortcomings and problems facing them every day in the city. That means not solving problems for good but merely as they arise, one at a time, until the next one rears its head. Constant small-scale improvisations are required to keep Jakarta functioning, which are often original and ingenious. A vast number of small but vital daily interventions must also be completed to keep the city in check, though these are generally inadequate and vastly disproportionate to the objective at hand.

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