Life in Jakarta revolves around shopping malls. Gyms, cafes, bars, nightclubs are tucked away in gleaming, frigid monstrosities where the "no-smoking" signs should end in a question mark. They're more of a suggestion than an instruction.
Lately I've been interested in the idea of public amenity -- free space that offers refuge like a park or a sidewalk. I've been interested in them because, here – in Jakarta -- there aren't any. So, I started wondering: when do people demand more from their cities than a place to work? When do they begin thinking of quality of life?