National Geographic : 1960 May
Shaped like a swept-wing plane, Brasilia rises on the shore of a man-made lake (right). Sug gesting a fuselage, the monumental axis bisects the city for seven miles, from golf club to railroad station. Homes and superblocks line the curved wings, an eight-mile-long residential arc. Govern 720 ment buildings and the business district take V NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETY shape around the central mall above, which stretches nearly two miles from the Plaza of the Three Powers to the radio-TV tower. President Juscelino Kubitschek (inset) realized Brazil's century-old dream-moving the capital inland. He will occupy the palace less than a year be cause the chief of state may not succeed himself.