Every cycle, cities with outstanding urban initiatives are selected as Special Mentions to further the sharing of these lessons.
2020 Special Mentions
||Antwerp shows that its strategic urban interventions can help to rejuvenate the city.
||Boston exemplifies a whole-of-society effort to transform the city.
||Lisbon demonstrates a dramatic resurgence over the past decade despite limited resources.
2018 Special Mentions
||Hamburg is an extraordinary port city that overcame planning challenges to become a welcoming city of opportunities.
||Kazan is a former drab city with youth crimes and health issues transformed into a healthy and harmonious city.
||Surabaya is an emerging city that appreciates its culture and preserves its kampung neighbourhoods.
||Tokyo is a well-managed megacity despite its large and seemingly ungovernable size.
2016 Special Mentions
||Auckland overcame planning challenges through a highly integrated and innovative governance model.
||Sydney demonstrates strong leadership, commitment, and partnership with its citizens and stakeholders.
||Toronto is exemplary in integrating its diverse population, and rejuvenating its city core.
||Vienna takes the lead in protecting the environment and its rich cultural heritage while elevating quality of life.
2014 Special Mentions
||Medellín significantly reduced its homicide rates over the past few decades.
||Yokohama overcame urban challenges through excellent partnership with its citizens and stakeholders.
2012 Special Mentions
||Ahmedabad enjoys early successes in implementing a comprehensive city plan.
||Brisbane transformed itself from a ‘country town’ blighted by urban decay into a vibrant metropolis.
||Copenhagen & Malmö demonstrate close collaboration and a shared vision across borders.
||Khayelitsha prevents violence through its comprehensive Urban Upgrading Programme.
||Vancouver demonstrates strong visioning, community values and long-term planning.
2010 Special Mentions
||Sheila Dikshit has helped to improve the living environment of Delhi through various implementations.
||Dr Jaime Lerner implemented impactful urban solutions during his term as mayor of Curitiba and governor of Paraná.
||Melbourne adopted an integrated approach and commitment to strategic planning.