United Nations 60th anniversary
Update on Celebratory Events and Publications
UN60 Anniversary Publication
Title: The UN Building -- to be launched by the Department of Public Information
Foreword by: Secretary-General Kofi Annan
Introductory essay by: Aaron Betsy, the Director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute.
Publisher and distributor: Thames and Hudson, a London-based publisher.
Availability: From the end of August at the UN New York Bookshop and in bookstores internationally at a cost of US$25.00 for the softcover edition and at US$40.00 for the hardcover version. Thames and Hudson will sell the book internationally through its trade distribution network.
Date: End of August.
The 160-page book provides a global image of the building’s current functions and of its major importance from an architectural perspective, including as a main example of the International Style of architecture. The book contains 150 photographs, with 125 in colour by London-based photographer, Ben Murphy, whose work is in a number of international private collections and the National Portrait Gallery. The remaining twenty-five archival photographs are contributed by the United Nations Photo Unit in the Department of Public Information.
The book’s introductory essay is geared towards the general public and provides the historical background to the selection of the Manhattan site, and highlights relevant architecture and design features of the UN complex. Detailed captions describe the photos from an architectural standpoint and summarize the functions of the areas portrayed (General Assembly, three Chambers, etc).
For more information, contact: Ms. Renata Morteo at DPI: Tel: 212-963-5455;