The Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Arte from the National
University of Asunción, has organized this exhibition as an
activity included in the XXV Congress of Latin American
Architecture Schools (CLEFA, by their Spanish initials) developed
early this year in Paraguay.
The idea of this Congress was to reflect upon the notion of
"Architecture and Design in times of crisis". This may be perceived
as contradictory, in a moment of high economic growth in Paraguay,
which has, in turn, fostered a clear expansion of the construction
industry, and real estate business. It is necessary then, to
The crisis in Paraguay, in Paraguayan Cities and Paraguayan
architecture, is not related with mac- ro-economic aspects, but
with issues of sustainability and public governance. Such aspects
in conflict have led to a process of urban expansion and a number
of problems, including mobility and traffic issues, insecurity,
lack of infrastructure, social and spatial segregation, etc. In
turn, this have resulted in the deterioration of the cities, their
en- vironmental and civic qualities.
A second aspect of the crisis in Paraguay - perhaps less evident -
refers to a certain resistance to elaborate and build new spatial
and cultural concepts, at the scale of an architectural object, the
city or the territory. This resistance is perceived both within the
field of design and within the larger body of society. An assertive
approach vis à vis the afore mentioned resistance was the idea upon
which this exhibition was organized.
The selected buildings constitute attempts to explore new ways to
develop projects and pro- vide answers to the crisis. The concepts
that triggered each building are diverse, as well as the spatial,
structural or morphological characteristics of each project. All of
the pieces, however, share a compelling spirit that constitutes a
common ground: a clear aspiration to improve architectural practice
and contribute to their culture and society.
To conclude, it is important to remember that this exhibition does
not pretend to be a complete and exhaustive portrait of Paraguayan
Architecture. Such aspiration should be related with a much larger
effort. The selection presented here is proposed as an entry point
that will allow visitors to become acquainted with part of
Paraguay's contemporary Ar- chitecture and culture.
Curatorial team: Javier Rodríguez Alcalá, Julio Diarte Almada,
Juanca Cristaldo, Edilio Morales, Carlos Zarate. Exhibition team:
Silvana Acosta, Héctor Aquino, Miguel Riveros, Ángela Reyes y
Translations by: Magdalena Rivarola, Elena Vazquez, Juanca
To the architects, many of whom are teachers at the FADA UNA, who
have kindly provided drawings information and pictures from their
proj- ects in order to organize this exhibition: Luis Elgue, Miguel
González Merlo, Joseto Cubilla, Nicolás Berguer and Giacomo
Favilli, Javier Cor- valán, Lukas Fuster, Miguel Duarte y Sergio
Fanego, Guillermo Gayo, Hugo Preda, Lía Colombino (who shared with
us the Carlos Colombino project for the Paraguayan Furniture
Museum), Solano Benítez and Glo- ria Cabral, Violeta Pérez, Sonia
Carísimo and Francisco Tomboly, Carlos Jiménez, Paola Moure, Sergio
Special thanks to Leonardo Finotti, who has kindly granted
permission to use his photographs of Solano Benitez' Teletón
Project and Javier Corvalan's Hammock House project.
Programme, March 3rd:
OPEN LECTURE 01 Paraguayan architecture.
By Ricardo Meyer - Dean of the Faculty of architecture,
design and Art (FADA)
15:00 - Theatre
15.45 - Theatre OPENING of the Exhibition - Ground
OPEN LECTURE 02 Creating shades through low-tech
architecture in Paraguay.
By Julio Cesar Diarte - Lecturer and researcher at Faculty of
architecture, design and Art (FADA) 16:00 - Theatre