CSULB Contributing to LA County PANDO Days - Call for Collaborations

Published August 5, 2020

Heather Barker, Associate Professor and Graduate HXDI Coordinator will, through the lmmersive Design Research Lab, lead a team bringing expertise from all over Long Beach, focusing on the topic, Urban (Ocean). The topic is broad and can go in many directions. We are excited to see where the design process leads. The Pando Days organizers have been mapping the topics addressed by regional design schools to LA County's Sustainability Plan and its 12 goals; for the Long Beach team, the most closely aligned is Goal 6 (Accessible parks, beaches, recreational waters, public lands, and public spaces that create opportunities for respite, recreation, ecological discovery, and cultural activities). This is our initial touch-point. As a City, University, and Community, we are fortunate to have so much expertise and action surrounding improving our Urban Ocean City.

Please join us! As designers, we are driven by creative action, innovation, communication, and systemizing complexity. We make objects and spaces and experiences to improve the human condition—but we also recognize that we are not experts in the science, policy, business, or action communities surrounding the complexities sustainability. As designers, we value you. Our process relies on input from the humans that know the science, shape the policy, feel the impact, and set the bar high in their own innovative space for a resilient future. If you, your group or organization would like to support this design-driven effort and/or feature your own incredible work, we’d be thrilled to push the realization of Long Beach as a sustainable and resilient urban ocean city together.

CONTACT: Heather.Barker@csulb.edu

Schedule of Events

Things start up with a public launch on Saturday, Oct. 12 on the campus of the La Brea Tar Pits in the Second Home Pavilion; then a week later we move into the Blitz on Oct. 19 from 11 am - 4 pm in Agoura Hills at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation where we'll spend the day brainstorming ingenious new education and communication initiatives and campaigns. After the Blitz, we enter six months of project development and acceleration; and then conclude with a blow-out festival in April 2020.

Pando Blitz illustration
Pando Acceleration illustration
Pando Festival illustration

About Pando Days

Pando Days is four-part series of events designed to unite the Southland's creative community to remake Los Angeles County into a model of environmental and social sustainability, as inspired by the region's ambitious new sustainability plan, OurCountyLA. The events bring together eleven art and design schools from throughout the County, along with creative professionals of all stripes, to produce eleven innovative initiatives over the next six months that will get everyone jazzed about the County's new sustainability goals.

Eleven LA County art and design colleges and universities come together with creative pros and domain experts to invent ingenious new education and communications initiatives that can change the game for southland resiliency.

PANDO DAYS gather together 100 of LA's most creative and passionate residents to brainstorm new initiatives and campaigns, prototype the best ideas, and test them in the real world with the aim of launching the most effective. After six months, we celebrate what's been done. And then gear up to do it all over again. And again.

So that by the time of the Olympic Games in 2028, we've changed the face of Los Angeles for the better and for a more resilient future.

LA's artists, designers, scientists, philosophers, writers, businesspeople, policy wonks, doers and makers share their hopes for a resilient southland and ideas for getting there, facilitated by legendary designer John Bielenberg in collaboration with design leads from the County's art and design schools, the launch event is designed to generate a virtual storm of ideas with the potential to change the game. We then feed the most inventive and inspirational ideas into the Blitz the following week, where art and design school teams begin the process of planning prototypes that will make a more resilient future.

Nothing like this has been mounted in the County before, yet never before have we faced the challenges or had the opportunities that we do now. I very much hope that you can join your peers and the most creative people in the Southland to make this happen."
—Beth Cohen, Producer Pando Days

Participating Schools, Facilitators, Topics

Heidrun Mumper-Drumm/Jan Fleming, facilitators
Topic: Framing (the story) - Informed by LA County Sustainability Plan
OurCounty, an effort to outline a bold, inclusive, and truly rational vision for the present and future generations of Los Angeles.

Shannon Scrofano, facilitator
Topic: Culture (Shift) - Informed by Goal 12
A commitment to realize OurCountysustainability goals through creative, equitable, and coordinated funding and partnerships.

Steve Archambault and Aaron Fox, facilitators
Topic: Eat (LA) - Informed by Goal 10
A sustainable and just food system that enhances access to affordable, local, and healthy food.

Heather Barker, facilitator
Topic: Urban (Oceans) - Informed by Goal 6
Accessible parks, beaches, recreational waters, public lands, and public spaces that create opportunities for respite, recreation, ecological discovery, and cultural activities.

Marcela Oliva, facilitator
Topic: Placing (Spaces) - Informed by Goal 4
A prosperous LA County that provides opportunities for all residents and businesses and supports the transition to a green economy.

Gina Valona, facilitator
Topic: Restore (Justice) - Informed by Goal 11
Inclusive, transparent, and accountable governance that encourages participation in sustainability efforts, especially by disempowered communities.

Silvia Rigon, facilitator
Topic: Building (Resilience) - Informed by Goal 1
Resilient and healthy community environments where residents thrive in place.

Facilitator (pending)
Topic: Housing (for All) - Informed by Goal 3
Equitable and sustainable land use and development without displacement.

Rebeca Mendez, facilitator
Topic: Waste (No More) - Informed by Goal 5
Thriving ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity.

Matthew Manos, facilitator
Topic: Car (Sick) - Informed by Goal 8
A convenient, safe, clean, and affordable transportation system that enhances mobility and quality of life while reducing car dependency.

Berenika Boberska, facilitator
Topic: Eco (Librium) - Informed by Goal 3
Buildings and infrastructure that support human health and resilience.

 Pando Populus, County of Los Angeles, CSO Strategic Taskfor

Pando is the name of the largest organism on Earth, and one of the oldest—a grove of quaking aspen trees that extends over 100 acres from a single root. With nutrition and support from the whole of its extensive rootball system Pando has thrived for millennia, surviving life-threatening fires, landslides and floods. Pando is now under threat from human activities. It makes it a fitting image of our common life together, our ability to endure and the challenges we face together. For us to survive and thrive as Pando has we must be like it: recognize we are all in this together, spread our resources, and grow by design.