View Photo Gallery: Washington’s architecture mixes myriad styles in a unique setting of public and private spaces. By Michael O’Sullivan and Stephanie Merry

When was the last time you looked around — really looked around — while walking the streets of Washington? If you’re like most people, you might rush from the gym to work to happy hour to home in a headphone haze, without noticing the buildings along your route.

But next time you’re out, you might consider opening your eyes to the distinctive look of D.C. It’s a city of squat structures and foreign influences, neighborhood churches and neon signs, and its aesthetic was shaped by a motley mix of styles, events, elements and people. Click through our photo essay for 25 views of the Washington cityscape that might help explain its diverse design and personality.

Also in today’s Weekend section:

Our list for the best events happening this weekend, including a street festival in the 14th and U street corridors, a celebration of all things Lego and an all-day open house at Signature Theatre.

• Take a look at the some of the best concerts coming to our area before summer draws to a close.

• Read record reviews of underground hip-hop artist Aesop Rock, gypsy rock group Diego’s Umbrella, indie pop group AU, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and singer-songwriter Meiko.

• The U Street pub the Brixton finds its comfort zone, offering a taste of Britain’s crowded cities and relaxing pubs.

• Among the ramen offerings at Sakuramen, a new shop in Adams Morgan, are the traditional bowl, the sweet broth of gojiramen and the meat lover’s selection known as the choki bowl.

• After meeting on the dance floor at a house party in Columbia Heights, Holly Bass and Jaamil Kosoko now share the stage as performers in their latest work, “Double Consciousness.”

• For their continuing Bootleg Shakespeare series, Taffety Punk is performing a first draft of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” which they’ve dubbed “Hamlet: The Bad-Ass Quarto.”

• The Fridge DC’s showcase of emerging artists, the aptly named “Fresh Produce,” has expanded this year to include film artists and visual artists alongside performers.

Get the latest movie reviews, including the remake of “Total Recall” and the adaptation of the popular book “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.”