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Design and architecture in Indonesia

Design and architecture in Indonesia

  Alexandra Crosby

The role of design in social change has received increasing public attention in the last decade. User-centred, iterative, participatory flexible approaches to the design of objects, spaces, communications, services and experiences are valued by policy makers and firms all over the world to address issues of social justice, sustainability and urban development. Simultaneously the territory within which design operates has been changing. Design is sometimes used synonymously with consumerism, urban tastes, and globalisation, such as ‘designer handbags’, but what design is and what it does is much more complex, and many of these new definitions of design are emerging in Indonesia.

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Design action

Design action

Local design thinking in Bandung

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Dancing against violence

Dancing against violence

Not even Mount Kelud erupting could stop Yogyakarta's activists from standing up against violence to women as part of One Billion Rising

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Running in style

Running in style

A new bug for running points toward a new politics of lifestyle

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Indonesia’s new anarchists

Indonesia’s new anarchists

Insurrectionary anarchists, with international connections, nihilist values and a penchant for arson, are moving to fill the vacuum on the left

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Art and the city

Art and the city

Indonesian artists are using new media to rethink urban space

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New social media as a tool for activism

New social media as a tool for activism

Indonesia is Facebooking, Twittering and blogging, but what effect is this having on campaigns for social justice?

Indonesia is online. The number of Indonesians using the internet increased from two million in 2000 to over 55 million in 2012, the fourth largest number of internet users in Asia (after China, India and Japan).

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Rock music and social activism on the internet

Rock music and social activism on the internet

Bali rockers Navicula find a platform for social change in online social media

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Online networking and minority rights

Online networking and minority rights

LGBT communities use social media to organise despite threats of violence

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Clicktivism and the real world

Clicktivism and the real world

Social media tools are only effective if they can engage people off-line

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Facebooking for reform?

Facebooking for reform?

Social media campaigns highlight the need for criminal law reform in Indonesia

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‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

‘You’re crazy. Don’t make up things!’

Celebrity gossip shows denigrate homosexuality, but at least they talk about it

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Religious Bandung

Religious Bandung

Bandung’s government opts for a religious program that matches the city’s character

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Seeking representation

Seeking representation

Activists in Palu remain confined to the political margins

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Struggling to be young

Struggling to be young

Brotherhood among the poor urban youth of Jakarta

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Hubs and wires

Hubs and wires

Internet use in Indonesian NGOs is strengthening civil society

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Demonstrating diversity

Demonstrating diversity

Photo-essay: Yogya’s community protests against the Pornography Bill

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Hot debates

Hot debates

A law on pornography still divides the community

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Music for the fight, movements for the soul

Music for the fight, movements for the soul

Fight-choreography in West Java is a source of cultural pride

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