European Metropolitan Report

As part of the Metropolis Observatory’s methodological framework, Bürogemeinschaft Gauly & Volgmann (bgh.), in association with independent consultants Maria Mónica Salazar and Catalina Duarte, was commissioned to elaborate the European Metropolitan Report. This report is a part of a series of Metropolitan Reports that analyse the situation of global metropolises in different regions of the world. The report is based on a sample of 16 metropolises and draws a complex and nuanced picture of the economic, ecological and social challenges and opportunities faced by metropolises in Europe.

Furthermore, it also highlights the importance of two fundamental elements for developing a common metropolitan approach to urban challenges at the European level. Firstly, the historical administrative fragmentation of the region poses specific challenges, particularly regarding data gathering and
the efficiency of public policies. Secondly, rapid urban growth, especially in third-tier cities, has transformed the scale of urban challenges, which now transcend the local level and its jurisdictional boundaries and take on a supramunicipal scope. Lastly, the absence of a metropolitan vision at the European level is noteworthy in its own right, but it becomes even more pronounced when compared to other regions.

Commissioned by: Metropolis 

Partners: Maria Mónica Salazar and Catalina Duarte

Period: 2023