Despacio works in 3 areas.

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We are interested in finding ways to live cities at the right speed and develop sustainable urban spaces that emphasize quality of life. We view cities as part of metropolitan-regional systems.


In order to mitigate and adapt to climate change, there must be efforts in both the public and private spheres, in addition to regional and national policies, and actions in the home. Despacio has participated in high-level talks on implementing climate change policies in developing countries. It has also been part of a consultancy to evaluate and make proposals to the Colombian Ministry of Transport regarding its MRV system for the country’s transport sector.


This category refers to issues of individual, family and work life in all stages of the life cycle. Projects focus on topics such as slow and simple parenting, organization for work or study, and orienting and educating workers towards shorter and more productive days. Topics in the domestic sphere include eating well (slow food), consumption, recreational and leisure habits.

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Workshop on Mitigation Actions

Last week, Despacio led an interactive workshop for the Colombian Ministry of Transport regarding their Sectoral Action Plan (PAS) to mitigate climate change in the transport sector. Despacio coordinated all event logistics, including invitations to relevant government actors, a technical guide regarding the activities, a report discussing......

Despacio at the Bogotá Book Festival

Despacio will be at the Bogotá International Book Festival this week. Each year, the festival invites a different country to present its books and aspects of its culture. The Netherlands is this year’s invited country, bringing authors, architects, films, and bicycle products to Bogotá. Despacio will be at two......

Sustainable Transport Award 2017

Despacio is part of the Sustainable Transport Award selection committee. Every year, the award is given to a different city for its leadership, vision, and achievements in sustainable transport and urban planning during the past year. More than ten cities have won the award since its start in 2005. The committee......

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