Pando Days ’21

Pando Days brings together the most creative minds within higher education from the arts, humanities, sciences, and technology to tackle the biggest sustainability challenges facing Southern California.

Los Angeles County has a master plan for sustainability called OurCounty LA. The plan sets out to enrich the region through justice and community resilience.

With the help of Southland colleges and universities, Pando Days takes up the challenge of implementing the County’s plan — catalyzing a range of higher ed courses, labs, or studios over the fall of 2021, each of which zeroes in on a key challenge that public agencies have identified as urgent (see “Pando Days ’21 Challenges” below).

We support their initiatives with research stipends, networking, brainstorming, consultation, and the opportunity for end-of-project seed funding. The resulting projects premiere at the end of this year.

Pando Days is the largest effort of its kind, harnessing the creative and intellectual energies of higher ed for the common good. The program is project-driven, transdisciplinary, and values-focused — toward the value of creating a thriving home.

Sixteen submissions have been accepted for the Pando Days ’21 program from the following institutions: ArtCenter, CalArts, Cal State Long Beach, Cal Lutheran, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly Pomona, LA Trade Tech, Mount Saint Mary’s, Otis College of Art and Design, SCI-Arc, USC, and Woodbury.

For more information, see HOW IT WORKS (includes Schedule).

Watch this page for additional content as projects take shape over the coming months.

And if you want to see how last year’s Pando Days turned out, check out the 2019/20 submissions. Out of a total of 10 amazing projects, 4 got picked up with seed funding in 2021 to underwrite further development.

Pando Days ’21 Challenges

Community engagement
EV test-case for LA County

Green transit
Future of movement around Pasadena

Housing homeless
Out-of-the-box solutions for LA’s Skid Row

Pocket park
Urban green space for Pico Union

Open Call
Create your own challenge

Pando Days ’21 Launch and Blitz!

Pando Days ’21 launched with a virtual event in early March, following the notification of more than 50 Southland colleges and universities and soliciting their participation.

Two weeks later, legendary designer John Bielenberg teamed up with Brandt Williams to lead a Pando Blitz! It was a day of design thinking unlike anything you’ve experienced before. A virtual THINKNADO!

All-school sessions and individual team workshops were designed to help the college and university teams conceive the projects they will develop over the rest of the year, and premiere in December (see Schedule).

Thank you!

Produced by in collaboration with the CSO (Chief Sustainability Officer) Strategic Taskforce for LA County with the support of The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Pando Days 2019/20 Project Reviews

Welcome to the End…and the Beginning

How can we make Los Angeles families fall in love with our ocean?

What is the future of LA housing, and how can artificial intelligence help?

University of Southern California Dreams of Revolutionizing Freeways

The Innovation Engine from CalTech

The Resilience Project at Pasadena City College

Imagining Interconnected Foodways Across LA County

UCLA embarks on Year Two of Biophilia Treehouse