Case Studies

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.

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

Quinto Centenario Cycle Avenue

Bogotá, Colombia

Quinto Centenario Cycle Avenue

The C40 Cities Finance Facility is supporting a cycling transformation in the city of Bogotá by providing technical assistance to the city administration to help fund new high-quality cycling infrastructure. more

The Schöneberg Loop

Berlin, Germany

The Schöneberg Loop

Through the so-called “Schöneberg Loop” (Schöneberger Schleife), Berlin is striving to expand the network of different urban spaces located in the area of "Südkreuz". Designed as a green trail, the Schöneberg Loop creates a eco-friendly corridor connecting the south of Berlin with the city centre. more

Making Berlin accessible to all

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning project

Making Berlin accessible to all

Berlin has the ambition to become a world-class example of a ‘barrier-free city’. It has compiled a series of planning guidebooks and developed a tactile scale model of the city for visitors and citizens alike. more

Youth election project U18

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning project

Youth election project U18

The U18 initiative is a simulated vote that takes place nine days ahead of real ‘adult’ elections, either local or national. The project is designed to generate an interest in politics amongst young people and supplement their political education. more

Climate-Neutral Berlin 2050

Berlin, Germany

Award-winning project

Climate-Neutral Berlin 2050

Berlin’s new energy and climate protection strategy, which will develop the capital into a climate-neutral and climate-adapted city by 2050, is an excellent example of integrated, sustainable urban development. more

Berlin’s City Tree Campaign

Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s City Tree Campaign

The aim of the Berlin’s City Tree Campaign is to plant and care sustainably for up to 10,000 additional roadside trees between 2012 and 2017. The trees, which are partly funded by donations, contribute to improve people’s quality of life in the city. more

The Wellbeing Project: Measuring and Managing What Really Matters

Santa Monica, United States

Award-winning project

The Wellbeing Project: Measuring and Managing What Really Matters

Santa Monica, California is tapping the power of data to evaluate wellbeing. The City of Santa Monica’s Wellbeing Project has created a framework to evaluate community wellbeing, developed a mechanism to measure it and is using this data to target its policies and programs to help residents thrive. more

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