Art: From Slab to Y

For two years U.N.'s poor relationship, UNESCO, has been trying without much success to build itself a permanent home in Paris. Still cramped into two converted hotels, UNESCO has twice drawn up plans, only to have them fail. The most recent attempt, by France's Bernard Zehr-fuss, Italy's Pier Nervi and the U.S.'s Marcel Breuer, was for a tall, slab-sided structure to be built near the Bois de Boulogne (TIME, Oct. 13). Paris' scornful verdict: "Notre Dame of the Radiators." Last week UNESCO proposed another solution to the problem of a modern building in an ancient city.

After countless sketches, Designers Zehrfuss, Nervi...

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