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.

Crisis management planning

Berlin, Germany

Crisis management planning

The Berlin Senate Department for Health, Care and Gender Equality ("Senatsverwaltung für Gesundheit, Pflege und Gleichstellung") has developed a model for standardised operational planning for crisis management. 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

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

Migrant Access Project

Leeds, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

Migrant Access Project

A citizen-led initiative to build relationships between newly arrived migrants and service providers. more

La Colaboradora: a P2P co-working space promoting collaborative economy

Zaragoza, Spain

Award-winning project

La Colaboradora: a P2P co-working space promoting collaborative economy

A co-working space where a community of some 200 entrepreneurs, freelancers and creative professionals each dedicate four hours of their time every month in return for support with launching their projects. The principle is an exchange of services, ideas and knowledge through a ‘bank time’ approach. more

FORTES: strengthening care and integration of internally displaced persons in Columbia

Caquetá Department, Colombia

FORTES: strengthening care and integration of internally displaced persons in Columbia

Strengthening support services, improving economic opportunities and facilitating integration of internally displaced persons in Caquetá Department, Columbia. more

Building a water-logging resilient city

Sylhet, Bangladesh

Shortlisted project

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

Conversion of a school building to a library in the area of Ostkreuz-Friedrichshain, Berlin

Berlin, Germany

Conversion of a school building to a library in the area of Ostkreuz-Friedrichshain, Berlin

The innovative and sustainable architectural concept applied to the District Central Library has delivered a new cultural meeting point for all generations that contribute to revitalizing the area. more

The Schöneberg Loop

Berlin, Germany

The Schöneberg Loop

Through the so-called “Schöneberg Loop” (Schöneberger Schleife), Berlin is striving to expand the network of different urban spaces located in the area of "Südkreuz". Designed as a green trail, the Schöneberg Loop creates a eco-friendly corridor connecting the south of Berlin with the city centre. 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

Making Berlin accessible to all

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning project

Making Berlin accessible to all

Berlin has the ambition to become a world-class example of a ‘barrier-free city’. It has compiled a series of planning guidebooks and developed a tactile scale model of the city for visitors and citizens alike. more

Youth election project U18

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning project

Youth election project U18

The U18 initiative is a simulated vote that takes place nine days ahead of real ‘adult’ elections, either local or national. The project is designed to generate an interest in politics amongst young people and supplement their political education. more