Center for Global Climate Change
In conjunction with the Will Steger Foundation, the 2007 Ralph Rapson Competition, sponsored by the Minnesota Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, asked participants to design a Center that would educate people about the issues of global climate change facing our world today. Although the project is a theoretical exploration of architecture, the project site is located along the edge of White Bear Lake, MN.
Will Stegar's explorations across the Artic Circle made him keenly aware of the impact that global warming is having on our planet. The mission of the Will Stegar Foundation is to empower individuals and communities to engage in solutions that would alter climate change. The Center is meant is meant to be a place where people can become more educated and aware of the impact that people have on the earth. Will Steger’s zest for life, his spirit for adventure, and his hope for harmony between the earth and humanity inspire the Center's architectural expression.
The elixir of life is a mythical preparation that is believed to prolong life and possibly even maintain it indefinitely. Like the elixir of life, the Center's mission is to assist humanity in finding solutions that will help bring it into harmony with the earth, so that the earth and humanity may exist together longer, possibly even indefinitely. In addition to expressing Will Stegar's zest for life, the architectural expression of the Center extends from metaphorical imagery of the elixir of life.