America Adapts: End-of-the-Year Holiday Special

Recording the America Adapts holiday special episode.

I joined Doug Parsons, the America Adapts host and Shaun Martin, Senior Director, Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience at WWF, for the third annual holiday special episode! We discussed our top climate stories, favorite America Adapts episode, and the state of climate adaptation in 2018.

Listen to the episode on the America Adapts website, Spotify, or iTunes.


B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments – Fully Online

The B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments degree program that I lead at The University of Arizona now has two emphasis areas – Sustainable Buildings and Sustainable Real Estate Development – that can be taken fully online! The university made the video below highlighting the learning experiences of the online degree with myself and fellow faculty members, Adriana Zuniga-Teran and Omar Youssef.

Learn more about the fully online offering of the B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments degree program or feel free to contact me directly.


Jerry Gretzinger’s Map

Jerry Gretzinger’s map displayed at ArtPrize 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo by Rodney Martin

ICity-building can be as much of an art as anything else, but Jerry Gretzinger takes that to a whole new level with his map. His map is really a world onto itself with cities, suburbs, farmland, forests, deserts, and oceans – and beyond that, what he calls the “void”.

Jerry’s map “began as just a doodle” in 1963. Almost fifty years and 2,000 panels later, he has worked or reworked one of his map’s panels every day. Like real-world landscapes and cities, his map has evolved over time as he has redrawn portions of it. To guide his map’s evolution, he has created an elaborate world-building system that features a card deck with instructions, the map’s “future predictor”. Each morning he chooses a card at random that determines whether he’ll add new features to a panel or completely void it out.

A close-up of the map showing one of the many urban centers. Photo by Rodney Martin

Jerry Gretzinger: Mapping the Void (Documentary)

The map is truly a life’s work. There’s an eleven-minute documentary on Jerry’s map by Gregory Whitmore that’s definitely worth a watch if you want to learn more about the map and his artistic process.

You can also follow the future of the map at Jerry’s Blog.

Photos by Rodney Martin