The ZAC du Bazacle,
town entrance
The Quartier des Chalets,
the town centre

The company Numéropolis was created in Tournefeuille, a suburb of Toulouse in south-western France, at the end of 1990.

The initial project for the company was to develop a computer application for urban simulation, based on the research conducted on the Town Simulator at the CIMA in Paris. This project had to be abandoned, however, due to the lack of adequate financial means.

Finally, the company became an urban design office, proposing project design, as well as work in urban communication, for a series of public and private clients:

• SAES - real estate developer

Urban audit for the ZAC (Zone d'Aménagement Concertée - Integrated Planning Zone) du Bazacle in Toulouse. (more »)

Production of a video film with 3D computer graphics of the future project.

• Plaisance-du-Touch Town Council (Haute-Garonne) / SEM de Colomiers

Urban audit and project for the town entrance. This work served the development of a 3D visualisation tool for urban projects, the "Perspektikone". (more »)

• Toulouse City Council

Creation of a brochure to explain the POS (Plan d'Occupation des Sols - Land Occupation Plan) of the Chalets Quarter. Production of a document for distribution to the general public. (more »)

• SETOMIP - semi-public development agency

Urban design project fot the town centre of Saïx, in the suburbs of Castres (Tarn). (more »)

Conception of town code rules for detailed urban composition for the ZAC de la Vache in Toulouse (with Jean-Pierre Poirier).

• Lavernose-Lacasse Town Council (Haute-Garonne)

Qualitative audit for the town project prior to the revision of the POS. Project for the village square. (more »)

• Colomiers Town Council (Haute-Garonne)

Preliminary project for the new town cemetery (with Jean-Pierre Poirier).

• Haute-Garonne General Council

Project for the link between the "Voie de Contournement Ouest" Expressway and the town of Tournefeuille.

Numéropolis's methodology was articulated around a series of preoccupations, in which conceptual work relating to urban space was perceived of in terms of a duality between a global vision of the ensemble, and a detailed approach, since the identity of place is constructed upon the subtle apprehension of urban fragments. Each project was built upon the study of propositions concerning the different constituent elements of urban space, pedestrian movement and transport, squares, greenery and parks, building layout...

An urban project materialises itself through the representation of planning concepts, frequently abstract (whereas in architecture the plans represent a future edifice), thus the work of Numéropolis expressed the necessity to make these concepts comprehensible via their translation into accessible and clear documents. Within this framework, the computer, as a representational machine, played an important role. The company's work on urban representation was presented at the conference "Imara" held during "Imagina" in Monte Carlo in 1993.

Numéropolis was a founding member of the APUMP, the Association for Urbanism in Midi-Pyrénées.

The company was closed in 1995.