The Chalets quarter is situated between
the town centre, to the south, and the Canal du Midi in the north. Formerly
outlying, it now constitutes a dense urban space, characterised by traditional
forms of construction. The quarter is the theatre for intense urban
development, and is subject to permanent pressure from property developers,
whose commercial motivations are often at odds with the necessities
of urban design.
The Department of Urbanism of the Toulouse City Council came to the
conclusion that the traditional town code, and especially the Plan d'Occupation
des Sols (Land Occupation Plan), were inadequate for managing the entire
set of preoccupations encompassed by urban planning needs. They thus developed
a new mechanism, called the Plan de Détail (Details Plan), associating
a more "qualitative" methodology with a quarter orientated approach.
The Chalets quarter was chosen for its first implementation.
Numéropolis's work consisted of preparing the communication of
the plan, as well as explaining its urban role. This assignment comprised
the creation of documents targeting developers on the one hand, the general
public on the other. In the first instance it comprised a discourse on
the civilisational value of town codes as the crucible for coexistence
in the city. The rest of this document presented the tools implemented
by the Plan de Détail and its particular provisions for the Quartier