Uniquely Urban: Case Studies in Innovative Urban Development

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Cities in the Asia and the Pacific face challenges to provide adequate infrastructure and services to their growing population. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has long recognized that cities need large scale investment to develop and maintain infrastructure and services.   

This report presents case studies that highlight how ADB's teams are working together to design innovative urban projects across the Asia and Pacific region that leverage its value-added services and support sustainable economic growth. The report is based on interviews with teams in countries including the People's Republic of China, India, Viet Nam, and Uzbekistan.


  • Introduction
  • How Upstream Programmatic Interventions Drive Industrial and Urban Transformation
  • How People-Friendly Urban Mobility and Green Sponge Infrastructure Is Transforming a City
  • A First in Viet Nam Water Sector: Utility Transitions to Nonsovereign Lending
  • Nonsovereign PRC Loan Demonstrates Broad Integration of Smart Water Technologies
  • Beyond Slum Upgrades: How Affordable Housing Projects Build Resilient, Thriving Households
  • ADB’s First Blue Loan Intercepts Plastics from Landfills, Oceans through Recycling, and Reuse of Ubiquitous PET
  • Private Sector Team in Georgia Expands Green Bond Market in Asia, Urban Water Sector
  • Integrating Urban Design, Nature, and Heritage for Tourism in a Cold-Climate Country: Preliminary ADB Lessons from Mongolia
  • The Making of a Market-Based Mortgage Sector

Published February 2023.
Source: Asian Development Bank

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