The urban territory is a limited space. In the context of the Rhône-Alpes area, the cities' expansion is limited by mountains, lakes and rivers. Therefore there is a rarefaction of constructible spaces.
Within such an environment, buildings tend go up in the town centres, as illustrated in the city of Grenoble with its three towers. In spite of this vertical densification, we can notice that an increasing number of the population leaves the urban zone to live in the countryside in indvidual houses. This trend can be eplained by the fact that about 86% of the French population has as an ideal to live in a house for the quality of life associated to it: proximity with nature, intimacy, privative space.
Therefore we are in front of an inconsistency: the population of the Rhône-Alpes region is sensitive to the sustainable issues but its way of life involves commutes, pollution, traffic jams, social stress…
This leads us to ask ourselves:
How to live all together but separately?
How to live whitin a urban context but at the same time stay close to nature?