The Brazilian city-maker Marcella Arruda studied architecture and urbanism at the Escola da Cidade (São Paulo, Brazil) and interactive media design at the Royal Academy of Arts (Den Haag, Netherlands). She collaborated on the publication ‘Protest Camps in International Context: Spaces, Infrastructures, and Media of Resistance’, worked on the study case of Marconi Occupation (during a 4 month residency, in São Paulo), has been a visiting professor in the programme IHP Cities in the 21st century (SIT Study Abroad) and coordinator of the course ‘Activism, Tactical Urbanism and Insurgent Practices’ at the Institute of Architects of Brazil (IAB). Her research addresses questions in city making and the commons, focusing on issues of biopolitics, being vivid (‘good living’), political ecology, artistic interventions, experimental co-design and build approaches, the architecture of freedom, and pedagogical, regenerative and autonomous practices in the co-production of the city.
Since 2012, she has been invited to facilitate multiple workshops, debates and lectures on methodologies of Situated Design (MIT Press) and critical spatial practices in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, India, Denmark, Portugal and the United Kingdom. She coordinated the network ‘Como Virar Sua Cidade’ (‘how to change your city’), inside the context of Festival Virada Sustentável and The 10th São Paulo Architecture Biennale in 2013. She is a co-founder of ‘MUDA_collective’ (‘change it collective’), an initiative that developed collaborative urban interventions in São Paulo, proposing a new
Nowadays, she is one of the coordinators of the Projects axis on The City Needs You Institute (A Cidade Precisa de Você), co-initiator of