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Center for Global Climate Change

Center for Global Climate Change

 Center for Global Climate Change as seen from the front.

Center for Global Climate Change as seen from the front.

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.

 Site Plan: Set at the edge of White Bear Lake, the Center extends arms out into the lake with campfire circles at the end of each one. In addition to being used for the moon lab educational program, the circles are also used for the monthly storytelling events. The earth lab organic healing garden sits adjacent to the building, and the circular kennel for Will Steger's sled dogs sits just to the west of the garden. A small guest house is located toward the north edge of the site..

Site Plan: Set at the edge of White Bear Lake, the Center extends arms out into the lake with campfire circles at the end of each one. In addition to being used for the moon lab educational program, the circles are also used for the monthly storytelling events. The earth lab organic healing garden sits adjacent to the building, and the circular kennel for Will Steger's sled dogs sits just to the west of the garden. A small guest house is located toward the north edge of the site..

 Overall image of the site with the healing garden at the center. The main building sits to the east, the sled dog kennel to the west, and the guest house to the north. Arms reach out into White Bear Lake with campfire circles at the end of each one.

Overall image of the site with the healing garden at the center. The main building sits to the east, the sled dog kennel to the west, and the guest house to the north. Arms reach out into White Bear Lake with campfire circles at the end of each one.

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 main building houses the Center's offices and classrooms of various sorts.

The main building houses the Center's offices and classrooms of various sorts.

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.

 View showing sled dog kennel in the foreground, guest house in back, and main building off to the right.

View showing sled dog kennel in the foreground, guest house in back, and main building off to the right.