Brazil: Arithmetic in Brasilia

For all its soaring architecture and modern planning, Brazil's nine-year-old inland capital, Brasilia, is still more of a collection of government buildings than a metropolis. To help the capital become a city, Brazilian Hotelman José Tjurs last week closed a deal to start building a $14 million project, which, when completed by 1976, will be a sort of Latin-style Rockefeller Center — and Tjurs' biggest holding yet.

Known as the Conjunto Nacional, the center's single six-story building will house offices, five nightclubs, three cinemas, two theaters, underground shops, supermarkets and parking areas. Tjurs (pronounced tih-joors) hopes that the complex will be...

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