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.

Barcelona Activa, The Economic Development Agency of Barcelona City Council

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Activa, The Economic Development Agency of Barcelona City Council

Barcelona Activa works with small businesses and start-ups to promote entrepreneurship and provide employment opportunities in the city. more

Eco-park of the Mediterranean – Barcelona Waste Management Facility

Barcelona, Spain

Eco-park of the Mediterranean – Barcelona Waste Management Facility

Eco-park of the Mediterranean is an integrated treatment facility for municipal waste in the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB). The project is part of an urban renewal plan developed for the district of Sant Adrià de Besòs. more

The re-development of La Balanza cultural neighborhood

Lima, Peru

Award-winning project

The re-development of La Balanza cultural neighborhood

An urban redevelopment programme showcasing art, street life and design has transformed the low-income neighbourhood of La Balanza into a vibrant precinct with strong community engagement. more

Copenhagen Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood strategy

Copenhagen, Denmark

Award-winning project

Copenhagen Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood strategy

Initiatives for climate change adaptation are being implemented in Copenhagen's St. Kjelds’ neighbourhood. More green spaces and innovative cloudburst solutions will increase the area’s resilience against flooding and improve life quality for residents. more

La Paz Road Zebras: A Citizen Culture Project

La Paz, Bolivia

Award-winning project

La Paz Road Zebras: A Citizen Culture Project

The City of La Paz’s Zebra project employs marginalized youth and young adults to deliver a road sharing education programme aimed at pedestrians and drivers. more

Development of a sustainable transport system in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Shortlisted project

Development of a sustainable transport system in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa’s light rail and bus rapid transit project addresses the challenges rising from an ageing transport system combined with a fast-growing population to ensure a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable city for the future. more

Songpa Solar Nanum (Sharing) Power Plant

Seoul , South Korea

Award-winning project

Songpa Solar Nanum (Sharing) Power Plant

The Songpa Solar Nanum Power Plants aim to create a sustainable environment with community support, by implementing energy efficient projects with a focus on citizen welfare. more

Berlin Open Data strategy

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Open Data strategy

In 2011, the City of Berlin engaged in the development of an Open Data platform to foster transparency in public administration and the production of smart city apps. more

Energy efficient refurbishment at Berlin's Märkisches Viertel neighbourhood

Berlin, Germany

Energy efficient refurbishment at Berlin's Märkisches Viertel neighbourhood

The Märkisches Viertel neighbourhood in Berlin has become Germany’s largest low energy settlement due to the energy efficient conversion of 13,500 apartments. more

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting Boston

Boston, United States

Award-winning project

Youth Lead the Change: Participatory Budgeting Boston

Through this participatory budgeting program, youth had the opportunity to collect ideas for capital projects, distill those ideas into concrete proposals, hold a city-wide vote to determine which projects get funded, and directly determine how $1 million is spent to improve Boston for everyone. more

 Rea Vaya - Bus Rapid Transit System

Johannesburg, South Africa

Shortlisted project

Rea Vaya - Bus Rapid Transit System

The Rea Vaya (‘we are going’) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system provides accessible, reliable and affordable public transport services for residents of Johannesburg and reduces the city’s C02 emissions. more

FastFWD: bringing innovation to government procurement

Philadelphia, United States

Award-winning project

FastFWD: bringing innovation to government procurement

Philadelphia’s FastFWD program provides a path for creative entrepreneurs to partner with government in tackling urban issues affecting the city. more

SmartData Platform: solving problems before they start

Chicago, United States

Award-winning project

SmartData Platform: solving problems before they start

The SmartData Platform is an open source predictive analytics tool that enables data-driven decision making to ensure city operations are smarter and more efficient. more

Climate Smart Hyllie

Malmö, Sweden

Shortlisted project

Climate Smart Hyllie

Hyllie is Malmö's largest residential and commercial development area. By 2030, Hyllie will be 100% sustained by renewable or recycled energy, achieved by using integrated new and smart technology solutions. more