I am amazed by the size of the Vikings stadium construction site in person. This has been my all-time favorite construction project to watch.

Vikings Stadium Exterior

Vikings Stadium Interior

Construction updates from August 22, 2015.

Construction updates from December 7, 2014. Click for the full-size photos!

Construction updates from August 17, 2014. Click for the full-size photos!

Construction updates from June 2014. Be sure and click the photos for the full-size versions!

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Here are some photos from April 19, 2014.

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While it’s similar to James Blake, I’m not sure how to categorize the band How To Dress Well. I like it – kinda has a little gospel thing going with it.

This music video is fantastic.

From The Atlantic, this delightful video is all about adults who have gotten serious about their treehouses, including a “treesort” in northern Oregon. I would like to life in a treehouse. Wouldn’t you?

Once the largest flour mill in the world, Pillsbury’s A Mill is being rehabbed by Dominion. The renovation will retain a lot of the building’s historic features, and will be one of the most unique housing addresses in the city once it’s finished. It will contain 240 affordable housing units geared toward local artists.This building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Engineering Landmark.

Construction update on December 7, 2014:

A quick look on August 16, 2014:

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My new job at 10 Missions Media recently took me to Detroit, an appropriate destination for my foray into the automotive industry. I’ve been in the Detroit airport countless times, but never before had visited the city. I was so excited to check it out, and the reality was better than I imagined. Incredible, ornate old skyscrapers, people excited to talk about their city and the wonderful, amusing People Mover train. I can’t wait to get back to this great city!

4Marq is a 30-story residential tower by Mortenson. It’s going up at 4th Street and Marquette Avenue, on the same block as the 26-story Nic on Fifth residential tower and the upcoming 9-story Xcel Energy headquarters.

I love the design of this building, with a body white (albeit precast) shell surrounding a simple glass tower. This building won’t change the skyline, but it will be a nice addition from certain, northerly angles of downtown. [Read more about 4Marq HERE.] The white is such a nice contrast to our typical, Minneapolis style – which I love. This is one of several massive proposed or under construction residential developments in downtown.

On that subject, Minneapolis definitely has its own architectural theme. The Minneapolis style is typified by the use of blue or green reflective glass, warm colored stone (often quarried from southwestern Minnesota) and matte metallic accents. Examples include the Minneapolis Central Library, Target Field, LaSalle Plaza, the currently under construction Orchestra Hall and, my favorite, the IDS Center (International Style, to be specific, on the latter).

Quick construction update – August 17, 2014:

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This building will be the Minneapolis version of 432 Park Avenue, proposed to soon be the tallest building in New York City. One thousand feet shorter, of course, for our version…

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