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.

 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

Friends and Neighbours - a community nature project

Cape Town, South Africa

Friends and Neighbours - a community nature project

The project aims to reconnect people with nature, build social capital and maintain and enhance ecosystem services. more

Efficient and Sustainable Facility Management in the City of Freiburg

Freiburg, Germany

Efficient and Sustainable Facility Management in the City of Freiburg

Central facility management creates a sound database for sustainable planning of the retrofitting and extension of buildings as well as new buildings of Freiburg’s City Administration. more

Flood Information System of the State of Paraná, Brazil

State of Paraná, Brazil

Flood Information System of the State of Paraná, Brazil

The quality and timeliness of flood warning need to be improved in many places in Brazil. To achieve this aim a complex multi-level and multi-dimensional process is required. The State of Paraná in Brazil has undertaken such a process with promising results. more

Strengthening the Women of El Alto (Bolivia) through Cultivation of Agricultural  Products

El Alto, Bolivia

Strengthening the Women of El Alto (Bolivia) through Cultivation of Agricultural Products

The project for self-sustaining agriculture focuses on local families and especially on the women who have organized themselves in almost 600 community organizations in order to take care of daily issues in residential areas. more

Free Public Transport in Tallinn

Tallinn, Estonia

Shortlisted project

Free Public Transport in Tallinn

In January 2013 the capital of Estonia made a shift to free public transport and became the world's largest city to offer free transit for all its residents. more

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies for building resilient communities

Albay (Province), Philippines

Shortlisted project

Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation strategies for building resilient communities

The province of Albay in the Philippines institutionalized strategies of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) to guarantee economic prosperity and keep its population safe. more