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.

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

 Rea Vaya - Bus Rapid Transit System

Johannesburg, South Africa

Shortlisted project

Rea Vaya - Bus Rapid Transit System

The Rea Vaya (‘we are going’) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system provides accessible, reliable and affordable public transport services for residents of Johannesburg and reduces the city’s C02 emissions. more

The City of Copenhagen's Bicycle Strategy

Copenhagen, Denmark

The City of Copenhagen's Bicycle Strategy

Sustainable cities of the future will be ones where transport options other than fossil-fuel powered private vehicles are the norm. Bike-friendly Copenhagen is leading the way, as this case study explores. more

Edinburgh Collected

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Edinburgh Collected

An innovative solution to the management and expansion of heritage digital collections. more

Delitzsch – An Energy-Efficient City

Delitzsch, Germany

Delitzsch – An Energy-Efficient City

Situated to the north of Leipzig, the town of Delitzsch is a model city of “energy efficiency”. more

Integrated Action Program for Climate Protection in Munich

Munich, Germany

Integrated Action Program for Climate Protection in Munich

Munich aims to make 50-percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2030. more

Medellín’s Metrocable – Mobility as fundamental factor of integrated and inclusive urban development

Medellín, Colombia

Award-winning project

Medellín’s Metrocable – Mobility as fundamental factor of integrated and inclusive urban development

In 2004, Medellín opened the first cable car as part of a public transport system worldwide. This gondola lift is supported by the municipality and embedded in an integrated urban development programme. It creates opportunities for the city's poor population and reduces marginalization. more

eThekwini Communal Ablution Blocks for Informal Settlements

Durban / eThekwini Municipality, South Africa

eThekwini Communal Ablution Blocks for Informal Settlements

In 2004, the municipality initiated the community ablution blocks (CABs) programme to provide communal water and sanitation facilities to un-served informal settlements in the urban and peri-urban areas of eThekwini. more

Recycling Initiative of Karak municipality, Jordan

Karak, Jordan

Recycling Initiative of Karak municipality, Jordan

A small project in Karak is making a significant shift towards more sustainable waste management in Jordan. more