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.

Dakar paving streets by hands

Dakar, Senegal

Shortlisted project

Dakar paving streets by hands

The program aims at modernizing and embellishing the city of Dakar while more than 1,500 employments can be created. more

Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI)

Greater Helsinki, Finland

Shortlisted project

Helsinki Region Infoshare (HRI)

In 2010, the cities of the Helsinki Metropolitan Area began sharing public data for anyone to use freely. These open datasets, available through a web platform (www.hri.fi), make it possible for citizens to develop applications and follow public decision making. more

Edinburgh Outdoors

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Edinburgh Outdoors

Edinburgh Outdoors is a digital service launched in February 2013 providing a new way for locals and tourists to enjoy Edinburgh’s parks and green spaces. more

Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f )

Birmingham, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f )

Young startup businesses benefit from tailored support and being part of a community. That’s what makes Birmingham’s ‘Entrepreneurs for the Future’ (e4f) programme stand out: it offers bespoke support and the chance to join a network of like-minded startups. more

BEACH - online employability advice

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

BEACH - online employability advice

BEACH (Brighton & Hove Employability Advice and Careers Hut) is a website that was developed to improve young people’s employment chances. It offers employability advice specifically relating to the local situation and was designed for young people, by young people more

Gijon’s Citizen Card

Gijon, Spain

Award-winning project

Gijon’s Citizen Card

A single card, Gijon’s Citizen Card, allows Gijon's citizens to pay their bus fare, hire a bike and take out a library book. Today, 250,000 of Gijon’s citizens – 80% of the city’s population - carry this card, unlocking services and facilities across the city. more

Transitional City Programme

Christchurch, New Zealand

Award-winning project

Transitional City Programme

A transitional city programme includes support for recovery after earthquakes in three key areas: social, sense of place and business. The programme also contains elements for long-term recovery such as testing new ideas, enhancing community resilience and creating a new identity for the city. more

Smart City Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

Smart City Bristol

Bristol's innovative approach to becoming a smart city is based on people and not on technology: a Public-Private-People approach. Projects to date include smart metering, open data, smart grid and electric vehicles which build on the City's strengths in micro-electronic and digital companies. more

Educational Parks for Youth

Antioquia (Departement), Colombia

Award-winning project

Educational Parks for Youth

Building on a widely-hailed experiment in Medellin, the entire surrounding province of Antioquia has set up a network of 80 educational parks designed to supplement traditional education with programs to honor young peoples' inherent skills and citizenship potentials. more

Municipal Finance Program

Dakar, Senegal

Award-winning project

Municipal Finance Program

Under the leadership of the Municipal Council of Dakar, the Dakar Municipal Finance Program (DMFP) has been developed to enable the City of Dakar to gain access to capital markets for its investment needs. more

Ahmedabad Slum Electrification Program

Ahmedabad, India

Ahmedabad Slum Electrification Program

Ahmedabad connects 200,000 households in slums to the public electricity grid. more

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program

Hangzhou, China

Award-winning project

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program

With 80 percent of residents and commuters identifying a serious traffic problem in the city, Hangzhou launched China's first public bicycle project. Serving some 280,000 passengers daily, the system (free for the first hour) complements the city's extensive bus system. more

Sustainability in The Hague neighbourhoods; participation in co-creation

The Hague, Netherlands

Shortlisted project

Sustainability in The Hague neighbourhoods; participation in co-creation

The Hague is harnessing the commitment, time and skills of citizens to help achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040. Practical support and grants for cooperative action at grassroots level are turning good ideas into reality across the city. more

Masterplan for Energy Transition

Dortmund, Germany

Shortlisted project

Masterplan for Energy Transition

Dortmund’s Masterplan for Energy Transition brings all sorts of stakeholders together to develop a vision for the city’s energy future. more