Presentation of the Toulouse Municipality's new approach in urban planning
Client: Toulouse City Council
April 1992

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 des Chalets.