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.

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

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

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

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

MoveWindhoek – New bus system makes Namibian capital mobile

Windhoek, Namibia

MoveWindhoek – New bus system makes Namibian capital mobile

MoveWindhoek is a new bus system with which poorer population groups are to be provided with better access to mobility and urban motorised individual transport is to be reduced in the long run. more

Visionary Vancouver: creating a welcoming and sustainable place for all

Vancouver, Canada

Award-winning project

Visionary Vancouver: creating a welcoming and sustainable place for all

The City of Vancouver has been awarded in 2012 the Guangzhou Award for Urban Innovation in recognition of its Greenest City and housing affordability initiatives. more

"I Will Centers" - Internet addiction prevention & intervention centers for children and youths

Seoul , South Korea

Award-winning project

"I Will Centers" - Internet addiction prevention & intervention centers for children and youths

The goal of this initiative is to create Seoul as a healthy and safe area for children and adolescents in terms of internet use. more

Start Wien – Providing new migrants in Vienna with comprehensive support for their integration

Vienna, Austria

Award-winning project

Start Wien – Providing new migrants in Vienna with comprehensive support for their integration

New migrants are provided with the most important information about life in Vienna as early as possible in their mother-tongues to help them find their way around the city. more

Andernach – The Edible City

Andernach, Germany

Andernach – The Edible City

Not only is the city of Andernach creating more quality in public spaces, but with useful plants and extensive greening measures, it is providing a healthy town climate and promoting crop plant diversity while providing a welcome change in the menu for its citizens into the bargain. more

Neighbourhood development based on equal opportunities in Krefeld

Krefeld, Germany

Neighbourhood development based on equal opportunities in Krefeld

Through its pilot project Nachbarschaft Samtweberei (“Velvet weavers’ neighbourhood”) in the German city of Krefeld, the Montag Foundation for Urban Spaces is demonstrating how cooperation with the local authority can make socially sound urban development work. more

Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP)

Cairo, Egypt

Award-winning project

Participatory Development Programme in Urban Areas (PDP)

This project advises concepts and methods of participatory community development and grass roots based waste management in informal urban areas. more