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.

Transitional City Programme

Christchurch, New Zealand

Award-winning project

Transitional City Programme

A transitional city programme includes support for recovery after earthquakes in three key areas: social, sense of place and business. The programme also contains elements for long-term recovery such as testing new ideas, enhancing community resilience and creating a new identity for the city. more

Smart City Bristol

Bristol, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

Smart City Bristol

Bristol's innovative approach to becoming a smart city is based on people and not on technology: a Public-Private-People approach. Projects to date include smart metering, open data, smart grid and electric vehicles which build on the City's strengths in micro-electronic and digital companies. more

Educational Parks for Youth

Antioquia (Departement), Colombia

Award-winning project

Educational Parks for Youth

Building on a widely-hailed experiment in Medellin, the entire surrounding province of Antioquia has set up a network of 80 educational parks designed to supplement traditional education with programs to honor young peoples' inherent skills and citizenship potentials. more

Municipal Finance Program

Dakar, Senegal

Award-winning project

Municipal Finance Program

Under the leadership of the Municipal Council of Dakar, the Dakar Municipal Finance Program (DMFP) has been developed to enable the City of Dakar to gain access to capital markets for its investment needs. more

Ahmedabad Slum Electrification Program

Ahmedabad, India

Ahmedabad Slum Electrification Program

Ahmedabad connects 200,000 households in slums to the public electricity grid. more

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program

Hangzhou, China

Award-winning project

Urban Public Bicycle Sharing Program

With 80 percent of residents and commuters identifying a serious traffic problem in the city, Hangzhou launched China's first public bicycle project. Serving some 280,000 passengers daily, the system (free for the first hour) complements the city's extensive bus system. more

Sustainability in The Hague neighbourhoods; participation in co-creation

The Hague, Netherlands

Shortlisted project

Sustainability in The Hague neighbourhoods; participation in co-creation

The Hague is harnessing the commitment, time and skills of citizens to help achieve its goal of becoming climate neutral by 2040. Practical support and grants for cooperative action at grassroots level are turning good ideas into reality across the city. more

Masterplan for Energy Transition

Dortmund, Germany

Shortlisted project

Masterplan for Energy Transition

Dortmund’s Masterplan for Energy Transition brings all sorts of stakeholders together to develop a vision for the city’s energy future. more

Interactive energy classification map

Vilnius, Lithuania

Award-winning project

Interactive energy classification map

An innovative interactive energy map lets Vilnius citizens access and compare energy performance data for every apartment block in the city, online. more

The electric vehicle capital

Oslo, Norway

Shortlisted project

The electric vehicle capital

With 60% of emissions in Oslo coming from the transport sector, encouraging people to use electric vehicles (EVs) has the potential to make a real difference. In 2008, Oslo adopted a ten-point plan to reduce CO2 emissions, to which the large scale introduction of EVs plays a big part. more

Auld but not Reekie – transforming transport energy use in Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

Auld but not Reekie – transforming transport energy use in Edinburgh

Edinburgh's municipal bus company, Lothian Buses, is going a long way to combat this image with ‘Auld but not Reekie’, an initiative that by the end of 2014 will see 65 hybrid buses in service and 45 buses retrofitted with low emissions exhausts. more

Marketplace for Mobility ("De Verkeersonderneming")

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Shortlisted project

Marketplace for Mobility ("De Verkeersonderneming")

Through two successive calls for tenders, De Verkeersonderneming looked for providers of mobility services that could provide peak traffic avoidance in the Rotterdam region. more

REECH initiative

Liverpool, United Kingdom

Award-winning project

REECH initiative

Through REECH, Liverpool works with a range of partners, including social housing providers and local authorities, to improve the energy efficiency of social housing and SME business premises in its most deprived communities. more

OPEN Glasgow – City Data Hub

Glasgow, United Kingdom

Shortlisted project

OPEN Glasgow – City Data Hub

Glasgow’s City Data Hub is home to 400 datasets, published with support from 60 partner organisations. The data gives citizens and businesses insight into life in their city, and allows them to get more involved in decision making. more