City-making is at its most successful when a diversity of urban elements are considered together, rather than separately. Recognizing this, Metropolitan Collective uses a people-first holistic urbanism approach to maximize social, environmental and economic potentials, while transforming challenges into opportunities. In applying people-first holistic urbanism, we work with city-making from a range of perspectives, including urban planning and design, mobility planning, social development strategies, technical aspects of enhanced environmental sustainability, urban economic growth strategies and public health planning. Understanding that truly successful cities thrive on all urban scales, from attractive public spaces, through thriving confederations of neighbourhoods, up to integrated cities and functional regions, Metropolitan Collective works at all of these scales, identifying the most suitable scalar approach together with our clients and partners on a project-to-project basis.

The most important part of a city is its people. This mantra is repeated often. Yet, rather than observing and engaging with people, city-makers from a range of disciplines continue to prescribe urban solutions without a thorough understanding of how people live, work and use their cities.  With an emphasis on research and observation, Metropolitan Collective works to transform this approach. Further, understanding that “What attracts people most, it would appear, is other people”, we endeavour to facilitate interaction across all scales. Beyond placemaking and other urban interventions, this includes our efforts to promote a global network of people in cities that are leading the renewed focus on livability. Urban tours, conference and workshop facilitation, speaking and knowledge exchanges are the points of departure for Metropolitan Collective’s network efforts.

Reignite the Winter City

Reignite the Winter City

Reignite the Winter City

Based on the integration of five cohesive features that cater to different age groups and are made entirely of reusable and repurposed materials, Reignite the Winter City was an ambitious effort to make full use of a public space. Recognizing that people are the most interesting aspect of public space; every Reignite the Winter City feature…

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Planning for Resource Efficiency in Stockholm: Good Practices without Consistency

Planning for Resource Efficiency in Stockholm: Good Practices without Consistency

Planning for Resource Efficiency in Stockholm: Good Practices without Consistency

For the book Territorial Governance Across Europe: Pathways, Practices & Prospects, published by Routeledge, Metropolitan Collective contributed a chapter on territorial governance for resource efficiency in Stockholm. While Stockholm has shown tremendous leadership in some aspects of city-making, notably including eco-district development, public transit promotion and congestion taxing, a more systematic approach to achieving, reviewing…

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