Through the pilot projects, Metropolis generates spaces for the exchange and transfer of knowledge, to learn and explore the challenges of the metropolitan life from a cross-sectoral approach (local governments, private & academic sectors, grassroots communities…).
Each year, Metropolis organizes a call for projects that provides funding to support capacity development among its members and partners in the framework of specific pilot projects.
Sustainable Cities Collaboratory
The SCC pilot project is a practically oriented research body. It brings together the knowledge and skills of mayors, municipal officers, urban practitioners and academic researchers to develop principles and policies for good urban practice. Its role is to develop practical roadmaps for sustainable urban development in the participating cities and beyond.
Metropolis Energy Governance
The Governance in the energy transition towards a low carbon society in metropolitan areas (Metropolis Energy GovernAnce or MEGA) aims to exchange knowledge on how metropolitan areas face governance in the energy transition process towards a low-carbon society. The project will look at how transition is designed and implemented, with whom and which are the results and impacts of the approaches taken. Initiatives such as energy cooperatives, Nearly Zero Energy Buildings, co-creation of master plans, are some of the proposals undertaken in some cities for the energy transition.
Quality of life
Surplus Food Network
This pilot projects aims to exchange experiences on how to reduce food waste while strengthening service delivery and expanding citizens participation. A special focus will be made on citizens' education for a better use of surplus food.
Revitalization strategies through urban projects
Exchange of experiences on innovations of urban revitalization strategies between metropolises sharing the same territorial characteristics, governance and quality of life issues. The analysis will be based on the forms and processes of for the city's transformation, by looking at concrete examples of major Urban Projects, through the analysis of 5 themes: The urban form, the urban design as a continuous process of thoughts and shaping of programs and urban spaces, the participation processes, the financing and regulation of the project, the governance and its influence on decision-making, the formalization and the ownership.
This project will deal with economic and social aspects such as creation of jobs, economic activity, mobility, access to housing, security, relationship between the airport's activity and the right to the city. This project focuses on the land-side areas of airports, especially those areas outside of the airport perimeter that might include: economic areas, open spaces, local communities, transport related infrastructure... These transition areas are often disconnected and fragmented but are also key for local and regional development due to its potential to foster many activities and to enable economic growth.
Intersectionality in LGBTI policies
The aims of this pilot projects is to draw together common knowledge so that an intersectional perspective can be incorporated in policies aimed at LGBTI persons, where the acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex. The intersectional approach aims to acknowledge that all people, including those who identify as LGBTI, are affected by multiple inequalities and that this intersection creates a new kind of discrimination, which differs from the sum of these inequalities.