Bull's Head by Picasso 1942
Requalification is resource approach to sustainability. It is different from reuse and recycle that consider the utilitarian value and material value, but also the process of re-attribute the new meaning(s) to objects, space and built environment. Requalification is focusing at the qualitative aspects of object/space/environment, it is art and design practice towards both environmental and cultural sustainability.
DB's publications on requalification
This paper explores bottom-up urban regeneration in Tokyo, Bangkok and Singapore. It looks at the contribution of specific local creativities which, in association with an increasingly popular practice of the reuse of existing urban artefacts, provides a critical contribution to local urban culture. These synergies between reuse and local creativities seem to be capable of generating alternatives to the dominant development trends. Those alternatives promote the local, the ordinary and the banal to the benefit of urban quality. A specific focus of the paper is on requalification of existing places by bottom-up fashion-related activities.