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.

Long term unemployed take the lead

Aarhus, Denmark

Award-winning project

Long term unemployed take the lead

The City of Aarhus is challenging the traditional welfare system by experimenting with models for self-budgeting in employment activities. more

Metropolitan District of Quito Resilience Strategy

Quito, Ecuador

Metropolitan District of Quito Resilience Strategy

The city of Quito is preparing to face the challenges of the 21st century based on its adaptive capacity, which is built on social and economic inclusion, efficient urban performance and environmental sustainability. more

City of Cape Town’s Water Map

Cape Town, South Africa

Shortlisted project

City of Cape Town’s Water Map

The Cape Town Water Map is a novel behaviour-change tool that helped reduce water use during the extreme drought experienced in Cape Town from 2015-2018. more

Finding Places

Hamburg, Germany

Award-winning project

Finding Places

The city of Hamburg has implemented a public participation process for the allocation of housing for refugees. more

Progressive procurement: the policy and practice of Manchester City Council

Manchester, United Kingdom

Progressive procurement: the policy and practice of Manchester City Council

The city of Manchester focuses its spending power to lock wealth into the local economy. more

Grand Paris Metropolis

Paris - Ile de France, France

Award-winning project

Grand Paris Metropolis

"Let's reinvent the Grand Paris Metropolis" project brings together government, community and business to re-imagine the metropolitan area. more

Tswelopele Clean-up campaign

Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

Tswelopele Clean-up campaign

In an effort to increase environmental awareness, the city of Tshwane has embarked on a monthly clean-up programme targeted at residents and businesses. more

SIPHO - Intermediation Service for People in the Process of Evictions and Occupancies

Barcelona, Spain

Award-winning project

SIPHO - Intermediation Service for People in the Process of Evictions and Occupancies

This program provides urgent, coordinated support for people at risk of becoming homeless in the city of Barcelona. more

Transit Oriented Development Strategy

Quito, Ecuador

Transit Oriented Development Strategy

A strategy focussing on social inclusion, urban regeneration and the environment is being implemented in Quito. more

Torino markets 2.0 – Areas of Commercial Coverage

Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy

Award-winning project

Torino markets 2.0 – Areas of Commercial Coverage

The city of Torino is implementing an innovative model to avoid the closure of small local markets and promote social cohesion. more

Micro-Gardens in Dakar

Dakar, Senegal

Award-winning project

Micro-Gardens in Dakar

Micro-gardening is a form of soilless horticultural production undertaken in small urban spaces, and contributes to the fight against food insecurity in Dakar. more

Separation at Source Programme (S@S) in the City of Johannesburg

Johannesburg, South Africa

Separation at Source Programme (S@S) in the City of Johannesburg

The S@S programme aims to reduce waste to landfills, establish a recycling economy with citizen support and participation. more

Innova.TO, Turin's municipal innovation program

Metropolitan City of Turin, Italy

Award-winning project

Innova.TO, Turin's municipal innovation program

10,000 municipal employees = 10,000 potential innovators. more

Culture for climate change

Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

Culture for climate change

The Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) is mobilising the arts and culture sector to contribute to local climate change policies. more