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Museu da Casa Brasileira 1998

In 1996, at the Museu da Casa Brasileira, we presented “Architecture and Humor”, an exhibit in which we analyzed the grave urban problems of the city of São Paulo through mock-ups. Our current exhibit, “Ornithological Architecture”, focuses on insignificant problems of the city, such as the relation between birds and architecture.
With a text surfacing subtleties in each of the designs, this exhibit presents 15 bird houses, ranging from the tucano to the piu-piu (a female cutey-pie Tweety), from the humming bird to the cuckoo.
Through these designs, we criticize the customs of our society. Analogies are, therefore, made between the birds and human beings through the study of their personalities, habits, physical appearance – and even their way of life.
Once again, we show, through architecture, that it is possible to say what is current thought by speaking about serious matters humorously.

Isay Weinfeld and Marcio Kogan


Isay Weinfeld
Marcio Kogan


Domingos Pascali
Diana Radomysler
Oswaldo Pessano


Shinobu Kamimura
Ícaro Machado Hueza


Cristina Santocchi
Déborah Gonçalves
Gabriel Kogan
Raquel Kogan
Sonia Galli
Paula Weinfeld
Ricardo do Nascimento
Viva Kauffmann

I am sweet.
I live in a fantasy world.
My name in Portuguese, Piu-Piu, is a lot nicer than in English.
At times I am a little big-headed.
I leave home little, because of the autographs.
Woody Woodpecker envies me.
I am small and have a little sylvestrian look.
I am glad I am not on the menu of this exhibition’s vernissage.
Now, please, excuse me, because I tawt I taw a puddy tat…

A migratory bird.
Has a green bill and is good at yellow chitchat.
Adapted perfectly to the region of the Brazilian Central Plateau.
Seen around airports and also enjoys perching on tall trees.
It is one of the most eloquent birds in the region. Its vocalization gave rise to several onomatopoeic names, such as “chirp-shy”.
Before appearing in Brazil, was often seen in the area of Sorbonne.
Feeds periodically on goat tripe stew.

Found from Mexico to Bolivia, including Nilópolis.
Lives in wooded fields, by the forest and the Sambadrome.
Because of its prominent plumage, takes center stage wherever it is. Some are tireless singers.
At molting time, young males usually resemble females.
They can fly back and forth, sideways, up and down, and stop instantly in mid-air, just like a helicopter. In other words, a wonder.
Friends with the Ovenbird and João-Trinta.