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The Hollywood Sign

Want to see more photos? Check out pictures taken at the Hollywood Sign.

The Hollywood Sign in Los Angeles, California is one of the United States’ most iconic sights. It rests on Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains and is composed of 45-foot-tall (14 m) and 350-foot-long (110 m) white letters.

It was created in 1923 as an advertisement for new housing development in the hills and originally read “HOLLYWOODLAND.” By 1978 the sign had significantly deteriorated, and a group of famous donors including Hugh Hefner, Gene Autry, and Alice Cooper, pooled their money to rescue the sign, one letter at a time.

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Shooting at the Empire State Building

A gunman opened fire this morning outside the Empire State Building, in New York City, shooting several people, at least one fatally, before being killed by the police. The streets surrounding the Empire State Building have been closed as the wounded are being treated and the police investigate the scene. We send our thoughts out to those in New York City.

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Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPbuildingpatterns

Weekend Hashtag Project is a series featuring designated themes & hashtags chosen by Instagram’s Community Team. For a chance to be featured on the Instagram blog, follow @instagram and look for a photo announcing the weekend’s project every Friday.

This weekend’s tag was #WHPbuildingpatterns, which asked participants to capture photographs of the patterns found outside and inside buildings.

Every Monday we feature some of our favorite submissions from the project, but this week we had some help selecting featured photos by building pattern photographer extraordinaire, @dankhole!

Be sure to check out the rest here.

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Herzog & de Meuron - Central signal box, Basel 1999. Located in close proximity to the signal box auf dem wolf, this central tower is located adjacent to a major roadway, and as such:

“…it relates as much to the city as it does to the railroad yards. Thanks to its object-like character, the building is spatially linked to the other solitary buildings that characterize this disparate urban area.”

The central box sits on a trapezoidal floor plan, which gradually transforms to a square at the top. The resulting mass creates a dramatically different effect as one circles around it; from some views monolithic and massive, from others slender and precarious. Photo via liyana_h and Margherita Spilutinni.