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.

Cuidemos Centro programme

Madrid, Spain

Cuidemos Centro programme

A municipal training programme that employs migrants in the role of ‘Dynamizers’ to act as mediators between the local government authority and their respective communities to promote environmental awareness. more

Citizens’ Observatories in Bogota, Colombia

Bogotá, Colombia

Citizens’ Observatories in Bogota, Colombia

Citizens’ Observatories are collaborative spaces where citizens voluntarily participate in a public request and accountability process, based on the implementation of the “District and Local Administration Follow-up Tool”. more

Barcelona Activa, The Economic Development Agency of Barcelona City Council

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Activa, The Economic Development Agency of Barcelona City Council

Barcelona Activa works with small businesses and start-ups to promote entrepreneurship and provide employment opportunities in the city. more

Copenhagen Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood strategy

Copenhagen, Denmark

Award-winning project

Copenhagen Climate-Resilient Neighbourhood strategy

Initiatives for climate change adaptation are being implemented in Copenhagen's St. Kjelds’ neighbourhood. More green spaces and innovative cloudburst solutions will increase the area’s resilience against flooding and improve life quality for residents. more

Songpa Solar Nanum (Sharing) Power Plant

Seoul , South Korea

Award-winning project

Songpa Solar Nanum (Sharing) Power Plant

The Songpa Solar Nanum Power Plants aim to create a sustainable environment with community support, by implementing energy efficient projects with a focus on citizen welfare. more

Development of a sustainable transport system in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Shortlisted project

Development of a sustainable transport system in Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa’s light rail and bus rapid transit project addresses the challenges rising from an ageing transport system combined with a fast-growing population to ensure a prosperous, equitable, and sustainable city for the future. more

Berlin Open Data strategy

Berlin, Germany

Berlin Open Data strategy

In 2011, the City of Berlin engaged in the development of an Open Data platform to foster transparency in public administration and the production of smart city apps. more

Energy efficient refurbishment at Berlin's Märkisches Viertel neighbourhood

Berlin, Germany

Energy efficient refurbishment at Berlin's Märkisches Viertel neighbourhood

The Märkisches Viertel neighbourhood in Berlin has become Germany’s largest low energy settlement due to the energy efficient conversion of 13,500 apartments. more

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

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

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

Makoko/Iwaya Primary Healthcare Project

Lagos, Nigeria

Makoko/Iwaya Primary Healthcare Project

A community led initiative identified healthcare as one of the priority development issues. more