Case Studies

Metropolis wishes to build a network of initiatives among metropolitan governments and their collaborating partners to promote projects in partnership for urban sustainability, in environmental, economic, social, and cultural aspects. Here you can find examples of good practice in our case studies and contact local experts. If you are an expert yourself, we encourage you to register and upload your own case study.

Be circular - Be Brussels

Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Award-winning project

Be circular - Be Brussels

A call for projects encourages local entrepreneurs to develop creative business initiatives that use circular economy concepts with support from local government agencies. more

TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit System

Bogota, Colombia

TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit System

The TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in the city of Bogotá, Colombia provides residents with efficient and safe mass transit that encourages high ridership. more

Brussels regional programme for a circular economy

Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

Shortlisted project

Brussels regional programme for a circular economy

The circular economy is providing an innovative and sustainable way for the Brussels-Capital Region to address environmental, social and economic challenges. more

Rio Capital Energy Program

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Rio Capital Energy Program

To mobilize support for and commission projects ensuring sustainable development in the energy sector. more

Know Your City: Lusaka 2030 - a city without slums

Lusaka, Zambia

Shortlisted project

Know Your City: Lusaka 2030 - a city without slums

To foster a sustainable working relationship between local government and slum dwellers in a bid to expedite the creation of an inclusive city. more

The Metro Line 3

Guadalajara Metropolitan Area, Mexico

The Metro Line 3

The construction of a new subway line will increase transport capacity and reduce the transit time for passengers who commute to work, study or socialize in the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara. more

Sylhet : building a water-logging resilient city

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Shortlisted project

Sylhet : building a water-logging resilient city

A community based initiative to raise awareness and ensure preservation of natural water resources through sustainable drainage systems that will help eradicate water-logging in the city of Sylhet. more

West End Community Plan

Vancouver, Canada

Shortlisted project

West End Community Plan

The West End Community Plan provides a clear and flexible framework to implement positive change and sustainable development. more

Greening The Grassroots in Petaling Jaya

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Shortlisted project

Greening The Grassroots in Petaling Jaya

Based on business and community participation, the Greening The Grassroots programme will assist with the transformation of Petaling Jaya into a low carbon city by 2020 with government support. more

Zero Waste Program

Bogota, Colombia

Shortlisted project

Zero Waste Program

The Zero Waste Program aims to reduce waste and increase recycling by formalization of the labour force and the introduction of education and training programs for workers and the community. more

Smart Map: rent, share, exchange, borrow

Gothenburg, Sweden

Award-winning project

Smart Map: rent, share, exchange, borrow

The city of Gothenburg's Smart Map platform shows residents where they can find things to hire, borrow, share or swap while simultaneously helping to reduce consumption based emissions and create services for the sharing economy. more

Halle 2: recycling, repair and reuse using a circular economy approach

Munich, Germany

Award-winning project

Halle 2: recycling, repair and reuse using a circular economy approach

The city of Munich has taken its ambitious waste reduction strategy to the next level by developing an innovative reuse lab and shop concept. more

The urbanization of Villa 31, an informal settlement in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires (Ciudad), Argentina

The urbanization of Villa 31, an informal settlement in Buenos Aires

The Barrio (neighborhood) 31 initiative aims to transform Villa 31, an informal settlement of over 40,000 people, and remove the physical, social, cultural and economic barriers that separate it from the rest of the city. more

Gothenburg Recycling House: A circular economy enterprise as the first step into the labour market

Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg Recycling House: A circular economy enterprise as the first step into the labour market

Gothenburg’s ‘Recycling House’ produces and sells recycled and upcycled items to promote the circular economy. It also provides highly vulnerable people with an opportunity to test their work readiness in a safe setting. more