November - December 2004
Vol. 30, No. 6


Desert Icon Ellerbe Becket's Kingdom Centre soars above the Riyadh skyline with sculptural elegance By Christopher Hudson

Artful Revival Barbour LaDouceur Design
Group combines the best of the old and the
new in their renovation of an historic
Fargo hotel By Dorothy Rand

North to the Future Architectural Alliance
creates open, light-filled and distinctly Alaskan
interiors for Anchorage International Airport
By Phillip Glenn Koski

Texas Transformation Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle
converts a former big-box grocery store into a
thriving public library By Camille LeFevre

Brand Identity Perkins+Will’s interactive, pulsating
Sony Gallery is taking Shanghai by storm
By Barbara Knox


A Passage from India Lessons gleaned from a country where “necessity breeds invention every day” and sustainability is a way of life By Heather Beal

Cross-Cultural by Design AIA Minnesota architects achieve creative synergy with clients and firms from other cultures By Camille LeFevre

Living Colors AIA Minnesota 2004 Gold Medalist Victor Gilbertson, FAIA, honors Minnesota courthouses in his latest collection of watercolors


Editor’s Note The Big Picture

Overview Publisher’s Note, Convention Preview, “Value Engineering,” 25-Year Awards, 2004 Gold Medalist

Book Review Good Deeds, Good Design: Community Service Through Architecture, edited by Bryan Bell. Reviewed by Phillip Glenn Koski

Newsmakers Grooters Leapaldt Tideman’s renovation of the main building of St. Benedict Monastery, Bentz/Thompson/Rietow’s Eden Prairie Resource Library, Charles Stinson’s mountaintop house near Taos, New Mexico, and Larson/Brenner’s Arcola Mills Center conversion By Bette Hammel

Interview Media artist Christian Moeller discusses his experiments with audio, video and light, and integrating electronic media into architecture and the urban environment By Amy Nash

Endangered Beck House, an 1870s Italianate mansion and the first building on the campus of St. Mary’s University in Winona, has been relegated to the role of storage facility By Robert Roscoe

Talking Point Cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaboration, along with a hard day’s work outdoors, enrich architectural practice By Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA

Directory of General Contractors

Project Credits

Advertising Index

Fast Forward Dalian Mixed-Use Center, Dalian, China; Parker Durrant International, Minneapolis


Kingdom Centre
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Architect: Ellerbe Becket
Photographer: Joseph Poon

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