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.

Growing Vine Street

Seattle, United States

Growing Vine Street

The Growing Vine Street project is a laboratory for green solutions within an urban design context and integrative governance approach. more

City Development Strategy Peshawar

Peshawar, Pakistan

City Development Strategy Peshawar

The strategy aimed at improving governance to foster sustainable urban development in a context of weak institutional capacities. more

Participation for Neighborhood Improvement and Co-existence

Heredia, Costa Rica

Participation for Neighborhood Improvement and Co-existence

This project aims towards neighborhood improvement by combining upgrading of public space with capacity building. more

Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Strategy

Detroit, United States

Detroit Youth Violence Prevention Strategy

The Youth Violence Prevention plan brought together stakeholders to draft a multi-faceted strategy. more

Activation of an urban open space through citizen participation

Berlin, Germany

Activation of an urban open space through citizen participation

The project "Tempelhofer Freiheit" aims to establish a diverse combination of reuses of the former Berlin Tempelhof airport. more

City Development Strategy for Sustainable Development - Phase II

Alexandria, Egypt

City Development Strategy for Sustainable Development - Phase II

Local economic development, participatory urban upgrading and environmental rehabilitation are the three pillars of the strategy more

Cities without Hunger – community gardens

Sao Paulo, Brazil

Award-winning project

Cities without Hunger – community gardens

The project’s objective is to implement a farming nucleus and satellite agricultural sites to generate urban jobs and skill-building. more

The Barcelona Schools Agenda 21 Program

Barcelona, Spain

Award-winning project

The Barcelona Schools Agenda 21 Program

The Barcelona Schools Agenda 21 Program is aimed to integrate the principles of sustainability in schools’ educational programs. more

Oderberger Street: participative renewal of a historically grown street environment

Berlin, Germany

Oderberger Street: participative renewal of a historically grown street environment

The main challenge of this project was to implement a concept of street renewal respecting the historically grown character of Oderberger Street and conserve the unique identification the residents have, while still satisfying needs of a modern urban environment. more

Knowledge Society - citizen participation and open government strategy

Gijon, Spain

Shortlisted project

Knowledge Society - citizen participation and open government strategy

Gijon City Council in Spain has responded to the need for greater efficiency, transparency and participatory democracy by implementing a digital platform enabling residents to share responsibility for governing and managing the city. more

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