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ESI Presents at ANBOUND's Inaugural Pedestrian Oriented Development Conference
Richard Voith Traveled to China for ANBOUND’s Pedestrian Oriented Development Forum
Richard Voith, Ph.D., President and Principal of Econsult Solutions, traveled to Chengdu, China to present “Understanding the Benefits of Chinese POD” at the inaugural Pedestrian Oriented Development Forum, hosted by Beijing-based Think Tank ANBOUND. Dr. Voith’s November 8th presentation was attended by more than 350 of China’s land use and transportation professionals eager to know more about how cities in the west are returning to human-scale planning and development.
Dr. Voith set the context by providing an overview of how China has urbanized over the last quarter-century with concurrent investments in transit expansion and high-density development but with little attention to the pedestrian experience. Juxtaposing the same period the United States when automobile transportation was promoted over transit which decentralized communities, Dr. Voith drew comparisons between the regions—in particular, the resulting traffic congestion, length of average commute, and the economic and human costs resulting from the move away from human-scaled, pedestrian-oriented placemaking. Dr. Voith highlighted large development investments in U.S. cities that have reintroduced and promoted pedestrian-scale design, walkability, and proximity to transit, including the Comcast Technology Campus in Center City Philadelphia, and the Big Dig in Boston. Both projects demonstrate that greater productivity is achieved through agglomeration.
The insights provided from outside of China reinforce ANBOUND’S research-based advocacy for Pedestrian Oriented Development (POD) in Chinese cities, where the think tank has been at the forefront. The first-ever POD forum brought together leading thinkers and designers from across the globe to share their experiences and gain a first-hand view of how the world’s most populous nation is grappling with urban issues that cities in industrialized nations have in common. Dr. Voith was also a panelist with experts from around China and the world who discussed what is working and what challenges still exist.
While in Chengdu, Dr. Voith discussed transit planning and urban economics during an interview with Sichuan Radio and Television.
Philadelphia architect Daniela Voith, AICP, (who’s husband is Dr. Voith) also presented during the POD Forum. The Voiths enjoyed the hospitality of our ANBOUND colleagues and their experiences in China.
Understanding the Benefits of Chinese POD: Insight from Cities Outside of China
ESI & ANBOUND Announce Official Partnership
Econsult Solutions, Inc., ESI ThoughtLab, along with ANBOUND, a Beijing-based multinational independent think tank, have established an official partnership as of December 17, 2018.
ESI and ANBOUND are committed to providing research and consulting services to clients, expanding their horizons through in-depth international collaboration, and jointly proposing public policy recommendations and solutions for promoting high-quality economic development.
"Establishing this partnership has mutual benefits and raises the level of research for both entities", said Mr. Chen Gong, Chief Researcher of ANBOUND.
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