The Greenhouse

A residential living place that promotes ethical initiatives in the Toulouse metropolis


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40 bis chemin du Prat Long - Toulouse
FR France


About the project Edit

The Greenhouse is intended to be a space for collaborative coworking dedicated to social and small craft enterprises focused on eco-responsible approaches and territory designers.

The project is led by four people in the fields of social economy and solidarity, support business startups, journalism and design.

Today in Toulouse, we bring together about 40 stakeholders around this project to create a professional and friendly place dedicated to those who want to change the world through concrete actions in local and solidarity development.


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

A feature of this project is that it wants to bring together activities in service (office) and production (workshops) under one roof.

We believe that the solidarity economy and creative economy participate in local development and valuing people, natural resources and local know-how.

We hope to develop and sustain exchanges between residents to generate social innovation and innovation by design.

Today, the integration project is located in a huge building that we will gradually invest in and that will share with the Artilect association and FabLab in Toulouse.

Collaborative projects in perspective is a good mix of people and skills!

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Bring professional and quality working conditions to solidarity and craft economy enterprises. Build a foundation of collective skills, collaboration between enterprises and craft people and designers through exchange and co-training between players.

Develop new responses to societal needs through physical proximity and values. This location must help reinforce everyone’s professional practices to better recognize our usefulness and interest for the territory.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Currently it is local because of our situation in downtown Toulouse, but tomorrow, the idea is to network with other places, share our experience and take up initiatives around experiences in shared places.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

A state of workplace conditions for social entrepreneurs, craft people and designers.
A strong desire to act and create a collective enterprise.

Inspirational places that make people dream…

What is the business model of this project? Edit

The idea of proposing residence formulas including: the work station, associated services (for example, IT and reprographic printing), providing rooms for meetings, training and collaborative animation.

To achieve sustainability and guarantee good operations, we would like to animate this place through time sharing.

We will also develop partnership agreements with the collectivity and service provisions linked to the collective animation.


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