The Pando Days ’23 Lineup!

The Pando Days ’23 Lineup!

By   |  Aug. 8, 2023

It is with enormous pleasure that we announce the Pando Days ’23 season lineup! 

Seventeen community-based projects will be moving into development over the fall term, supported by the full courses, studios, or labs of 12 Southland colleges and universities. 

We are moving for the first time into Orange County following our spread last year into Ventura County.

Here’s the lineup:

ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Graduate Transportation Systems and Design 

Project: Investigate the future of mobility in the LA metro area, around 2045, through the lens of sustainability applications. 

ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN, Humanities and Sciences/Industrial Design 

Project: Address safe and equitable water supply by designing resilient systems capable of responding to emergencies and/or provide efficient systems of water supply and use that also restore natural systems for the needs of and benefits to low-income, communities of color and Native and disadvantaged communities prioritized.

CAL ARTS, Experience Design and Production

Project: Bring together a cross disciplinary group of student artists, designers, and cultural practitioners from across the Institute to bring creative translation to this moment in our climate-related tipping points.

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON, Cal State Fullerton Startup Incubator

Project: Develop a digital solution for Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Pantry-goers that allows for intuitive inventory updates, barcode-generation, and tracking data for partnered food providers (such as Food Banks).

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, College of Business and Economics: Marketing 

Project: Create a marketing strategy informed by data analysis focused on eco-therapeutic programs for the blind and visually impaired, in collaboration with the Hearts for Sight Foundation (HFS).

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, LONG BEACH, Immersive Design Research Lab / Social Design Seminar 

Projects: Three projects are being mounted. The aim: apply a design process to the development of projects that will focus on the needs of an urban ocean city with a large immigrant population.

CAL STATE UNIVERSITY, NORTHRIDGE, Sustainability Department 

Project: Co-create a new and local eco-center in Northridge for community building, power building, and dissemination of sustainability knowledge.

CITRUS COLLEGE, Architecture/Drafting 

Project: Implement a community-based energy project that will prototype solar energy innovations producing free self-sustaining power for each home where it is installed.


Project: Link the College campus to the Los Angeles River for the purpose of supporting biodiversity, focusing initially on flying animals.


Project: Develop a network of green corridors from neglected freeway-adjacent spaces and elsewhere, developed in reality and virtually for healing the Earth and learning.


Project: Turn the new garden that was created during the Pando Days ’22 season into an educational resource and living laboratory for reducing the campus’s water footprint and inspiring community members.

UCLA, School of Arts and Architecture, Design Media Arts, in association with CounterForce Lab 

Project: Develop Phase II of Biophilia Treehouse, linking birds and people at the tree level by installing a series of public sculptures that support wildlife corridors across Los Angeles County.

USC, Architecture / Landscape Architecture + Urbanism 

Project: Design and install a “Test Plot” on Catalina Island in the USC Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies’ “Green Gulch” to develop a restoration approach that can help guide a larger vision for improving the Green Gulch area.

USC, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life

Project: Initiate a series of Countywide walking pilgrimages that highlight issues of climate change specific to Los Angeles and model interfaith spiritual practices to regulate stress from the climate crisis, with a prototype pilgrimage designed to raise awareness of the history and current challenges of water scarcity in Los Angeles.   

Originally conceived with a focus on LA County, Pando Days has grown through word-of-mouth to include higher educational institutions from both Ventura and Orange counties. 

Congratulations to all the teams on the diversity and creativity of these submissions!  

Up next in the Pando Days season: our all-school brainstorming Blitz with legendary designer John Bielenberg and serial entrepreneur Brandt Williams. 

Interested in learning more about Pando Days? See How It Works for the schedule, with event details. 

Support for the 2023 Pando Days season to date includes Alexandria Technology, CalTech, Clean Power Alliance, Calpine Energy Solutions, and Metro.

Members of the Pando writing team include Rich Binell, Alexi Caracotsios, Amy Goldberg, Rebecca Schmitt, and Eugene Shirley.