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When you stare at buildings and streetscape designs enough, you start to notice certain architectural elements show up over and over again. Also, it must be easier to get away with repetition in different jurisdictions, which would tend to yield repeats of District projects in the suburbs. Just two examples I’ve noticed lately:

The small square in Hyattsville (from above here) looks eerily similar to the Columbia Heights streetscape’s concentric circles:

(Lydia DePillis)

(DDOT)

Designs for the new Silver Spring library are reminiscent of D.C.’s Shaw Library, with their triangular glass protrusions.

(Lukmire Partnership)

(Davis Bond Brody Aedas)