Paraguay’s architecture radically transformed in the last century. For much of the country’s history, indigenous Guarani culture was the primary influence on the built environment. Later, colonialism would shape its cities and settlements. Today, the landlocked country has begun finding new ways to build upon its past, showcasing how residential design can break from tradition. Bordered by Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil, Paraguay remained relatively underdeveloped without extensive mineral resources before the eighteenth century. When the first professional Paraguayan architects began to create new designs in the early twentieth century, they built with a respect for nature while bringing in Art Deco and modern styles. Eventually, Brazilian architectural buildings began to be built in Paraguay, and new urban residential neighborhoods emerged.
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