Quai des Savoirs, Toulouse!

Ok once again the walking always reveal interesting places that before you just cruise by either by car, public transport or even walking. This time with the boys we were, I guess, more curious. We dwell into an area full of gardens, museums and monuments that was great to walked it and we came upon a dandy that needs more time for a next trip to my pink city of Toulouse.

Let me tell you a bit now on the Quai des Savoirs venture in Toulouse. I translated it from the city page.

The Quai des Savoirs is located at 39, allées Jules-Guesde, in the heart of the city, in place of the old science faculty, just opposite the brand new Welcom desk at the Federal University of Toulouse. The project combines architecture, heritage and modernity. In front, the largely restored building lets glimpse this sublime heritage of bricks, white stones and sculptures. It is dedicated to scientific, technical and industrial culture and is innovative in its uses as in its vocation.

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This project builds on the strength of several breeding grounds in Toulouse and its metropolis: research, education, as well as cutting-edge companies and industries or the digital galaxy. Inside, you will find the “Passage” between the Federal University of Toulouse at 41 and the Quai des Savoirs at 39 ,and will put the visitor in the mood, with its two glass “Signal Boxes” which will display works of art. digital art.

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The Quay includes three levels on a total surface of 3500 m2. On the ground floor where the general public activities take place, you will find: the reception hall, science cafe, the “Great Hall” of exhibition, all white with its trompe l’oeil windows, dedicated to events, the Quai des petits, where free discoveries will be offered for children who are not readers, workshop rooms … The “Hall des Manips” will offer free access to various fun and interactive experiences.

The Quai des Savoirs is a place open to all, part of which will be accessible free of charge and open to the general public. The place dedicates each of its floors to specific uses and audiences: the ground floor is open to everyone; the first and second floors are reserved for professionals: offices of Quai teams, companies, laboratories, academics, researchers, engineers, associations, etc. A whole area is entirely devoted to the digital economy (La Cantine, etc.)

In the Great Hall will be organized not only interactive and participative exhibitions on scientific themes (the city of the future, the great mysteries of science, robots …), but also major events: European Night of Researchers, Festival of Science, Futurapolis … Workshops, internships, training, and even a thematic leisure center, to build your robot or discover the medicine of the future, make a rocket, are also in the pipeline.  Also to discover, interactive installations and augmented reality without forgetting knowledge cafes to listen to conferences over a drink.

Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip here are

Official Quai des Savoirs in English

City of Toulouse on the urban projet Quai des Savoirs in French

Tourist office of Toulouse on the Quai des Savoirs in English

It seems an interesting place to know more about it for our next trip to Toulouse. It is full of contemporary innovation worth a look. Hope you enjoy this primer on the Quai des Savoirs of Toulouse

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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