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.

Climate-Neutral Berlin 2050

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning project

Climate-Neutral Berlin 2050

Berlin’s new energy and climate protection strategy, which will develop the capital into a climate-neutral and climate-adapted city by 2050, is an excellent example of integrated, sustainable urban development. more

Berlin’s City Tree Campaign

Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s City Tree Campaign

The aim of the Berlin’s City Tree Campaign is to plant and care sustainably for up to 10,000 additional roadside trees between 2012 and 2017. The trees, which are partly funded by donations, contribute to improve people’s quality of life in the city. more

The Edinburgh Guarantee

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

The Edinburgh Guarantee

Edinburgh has inspired cultural change across the public, private and third sectors to address unemployment among school leavers. A shared vision and strong partnerships are helping them find a job, modern apprenticeship or training, and make successful transitions into the world of work. more

Oslo’s Traffic Agent app - Game to improve road safety

Oslo, Norway

Shortlisted project

Oslo’s Traffic Agent app - Game to improve road safety

Oslo has turned to mobile technology to tackle traffic security issues affecting parents’ willingness to let their children walk to school. Its pioneering app, ‘The Traffic Agent’, provides child’s eye feedback to enable improved road maintenance and infrastructure planning. more

The Pluit Reservoir Revitalization Project

Jakarta, Indonesia

Shortlisted project

The Pluit Reservoir Revitalization Project

The Pluit Reservoir Revitalization Project represents the effort made by the city of Jakarta to improve water storage capacity, reduce urban flooding and improve the quality of its prime water source. more

The International Building Exhibition and its “Climate Protection Concept Renewable Wilhelmsburg"

Hamburg, Germany

Shortlisted project

The International Building Exhibition and its “Climate Protection Concept Renewable Wilhelmsburg"

In 2005 Hamburg decided to support the redevelopment of the Wilhelmsburg neighborhood through hosting the International Building and the International Garden Show (IBA). more

Gwangju Carbon Bank system

Gwangju, South Korea

Shortlisted project

Gwangju Carbon Bank system

In 2008, the City of Gwangju has initiated a program to spark voluntary carbon-saving steps by citizens. Five years later, 1.5 million Gwangju citizens were already participating or 62 percent of the city’s population. more

The Wellbeing Project: Measuring and Managing What Really Matters

Santa Monica, United States

Award-winning project

The Wellbeing Project: Measuring and Managing What Really Matters

Santa Monica, California is tapping the power of data to evaluate wellbeing. The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has created a framework to evaluate community wellbeing, developed a mechanism to measure it and is using this data to target its policies and programs to help residents thrive. more

Eskisehir City Memory Museum

Eskisehir, Turkey

Shortlisted project

Eskisehir City Memory Museum

Eskishir has created a Memory Museum that combines museology with modern technology. The museum is designed with a new concept by which memory elements are recorded in a digital environment, rather than exhibited as artistic or historical objects. more

Community Resilience through Women Leadership

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Community Resilience through Women Leadership

This action plan was initiated by the Participatory Development Action Program (PDAP) to strengthen grassroots slum women through leadership building, Disaster Risk Reduction training and Local to Local (L2L) dialogue. more

Rio Operations Center

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Shortlisted project

Rio Operations Center

The Rio Operations Center's responsibility is to control the city's daily operations, integrating several departments involved in Rio's routine; and to manage crisis and emergency situations. more

Food Ladder Oasis for Afghan Women

Kabul, Afghanistan

Food Ladder Oasis for Afghan Women

Social enterprise project addressing food security of vulnerable women and their families in Afghanistan. more

Estidama Sustainability Program

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Shortlisted project

Estidama Sustainability Program

In one of the world’s most rapidly growing cities, a new government-mandated program – Estidama (Arabic for “sustainable”) - aims at making all new buildings in the United Arab Emirates more environmentally responsible and sustainable. more

Buenos Aires City’s Collaborative Roundtable for Innovation and Creativity

Buenos Aires (Ciudad), Argentina

Shortlisted project

Buenos Aires City’s Collaborative Roundtable for Innovation and Creativity

The central idea of these roundtables is to engage a frank dialogue between the municipality and its citizens and to stimulate imaginative and innovative actions by senior officials. more