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Courses and Workshops WUF7

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Training course How can public space be appropriated to reduce inequality? 


In this course, we discussed how interventions into urban public spaces can create multiple benefits for cities, their inhabitants and the relationship between the two: they create the appropriation of public space (causing feelings of belonging, caring relations, community, etc.) and are a way of improving the habitability of public space. We studied examples of urban interventions in Bogotá, Medellín, London and New York to identify in these concrete cases the needs, proposed solutions, actors involved and factors to keep in mind in carrying out a successful urban intervention.

The event included the participation of professors Andrea Burbano and Pablo Páramo (Universidad Piloto de Colombia y Pedagógica Nacional) who discussed the habitability of public space and delivered a survey with 60 of the more than 100 attendees. At the end, they gave the floor to the attendees to help identify additional elements to remember when thinking about public space, about how to intervene and make it more habitable and enjoyable for all. For more information, click here.

Training course on the role of sustainable urban transport in urban development 

WUF 7 Medellin - course on urban development and urban transport

Along with GIZ, SUTP and ICLEI Ecomobility Alliance, Despacio created a course about urban development and transportation for more equitable cities. 40 attendees from 7 countries actively participated in the lectures and the practical activity based on the course materials. It was very cool. For more information, click here.

Discussion about a non-motorized transport network in Latin America


This event was led by the Universidad de los Andes and the Interamerican Development Bank with the support and participation of Despacio, AMVA and UN Habitat. The objective was to conduct an exploratory consultation with stakeholders to the Latin American bicycle context and to discuss the relevance, functions, activities and priorities of bicycle network in the region.

We were also able to consult with some stakeholders and bicycle experts about the steps to follow in promoting bicycles in the region, project formulation and the relevance of creating a network.

This course also presented the activities carried out by the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley with respect to their bicycle promotion programs and the agreement signed with UN Habitat and Despacio’s collaboration in implementing the Safe Route to the WUF, aimed at integrating into this process. For more information, click here.

The Colombian Model: Lessons for the rest of the cities in the world.


Taking advantage of the concentration of local and international urban planners and policy consultants in Medellín for the World Urban Forum, this workshop examined urban policies to view specific time periods of each city and their policies. The story behind the success. For more information on this course, click here.