Elevated view over colorful buildings in a new residential area of Kiev, Ukraine

  Geographically, Kiev is located on a border of the Polesia(woodland) ecological zone (a part of the European mixed woods) and forest steppe biome. However, the city’s unique landscape distinguishes it from the surrounding region. Kiev is completely surrounded by Kiev Oblast. Originated on the right bank, today Kiev is located on both sides of the Dnieper, which flows southward…

Gargoyle on building

In architecture, a gargoyle is a carved or formed grotesque with a spout designed to convey water from a roof and away from the side of a building, thereby preventing rainwater from running down masonry walls and eroding the mortar between. Architects often used multiple gargoyles on a building to divide the flow of rainwater off the roof to minimize the potential damage from…

Vancouver skyline, British Columbia, Canada

There are several modern buildings in the downtown area, including the Harbour Centre, the Vancouver Law Courts and surrounding plaza known as Robson Square (designed by Arthur Erickson) and the Vancouver Library Square (designed by Moshe Safdie and DA Architects), reminiscent of the Colosseum in Rome, and the recently completed Woodward’s building Redevelopment (designed by Henriquez Partners Architects). (© Stephen Matera) © (Bing United States) A prominent addition to the city’s landscape is…