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.

Co-operative Glasgow

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Co-operative Glasgow

The City of Glasgow is identifying effective and sustainable ways of addressing economic and social challenges by supporting cooperatives and social enterprises and devolving power to residents. 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

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

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

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

Adapting and Installing an international vocational Training for Renewable Energies

Berlin, Germany

Adapting and Installing an international vocational Training for Renewable Energies

Berlin has developed a programme to encourage young people who are disengaging from the formal education system to enter vocational training in green and sustainable technologies. more

Solar powered schools

Hyderabad, India

Solar powered schools

The project aims at low-carbon power supply for public buildings and their neighbourhoods. more

Shijiuyang Ecological Wetland for Safe Drinking Water

Jiaxing, China

Shijiuyang Ecological Wetland for Safe Drinking Water

This practice ensures drinking water safety for residents and promotes continuous improvement in ecological and residential environments. more

ITS Factory

Tampere, Finland

Shortlisted project

ITS Factory

ITS Factory is a collaborative space where developers, companies, research organisations and individuals come together to create new intelligent transport systems and services (ITS). more

m4guide - mobile multi-modal mobility guide

Berlin, Germany

m4guide - mobile multi-modal mobility guide

m4guide stands for an integrated communication and navigation system by which the user is led continuously from door to door. As a result, the m4guide increases the user's opportunities for mobility in the city. more

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque

Dubuque, United States

Shortlisted project

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque

Smarter Sustainable Dubuque is a partnership between the City of Dubuque and IBM Research to pilot an integrated, cross-silo initiative for managing resources and reducing carbon emissions. more

Providence Talks

Providence, United States

Award-winning project

Providence Talks

Providence Talks is an early childhood program that puts parents at the heart of their child’s cognitive development. It helps disadvantaged children close the achievement gap by increasing parent-child interactions at a critical age. more