Cities Under Pressure

Cities Under Pressure
A Design Strategy for Urban Reconstruction


By Benno Albrecht and Jacopo Galli
Università Iuav di Venezia


Historical evolutions and processes of cultural and economic globalisation have brought out relevant and frightening risks on a global scale: from urbicide and violence to climate change and increase in natural disasters and the enormous widening of economic and social inequalities. Humanity as a whole is today facing epochal challenges that require radical metamorphosis of inhabited spaces. Cities Under Pressure illustrates a new design paradigm, an open intervention system that seeks the establishment of a dynamic equilibrium to be triggered and continuously renegotiated. Cities Under Pressure imagines and define new urban environments that abandon rigid design scheme in favour of growing evolutionary mechanisms capable of embodying the ongoing sustainable transition and guarantee a resilient and peaceful future.


Weight 700 g
Dimensions 245 × 170 × 30 mm

Benno Albrecht and Jacopo Galli

Art Director

Stefano Mandato




Hardback, full color, stich bound, embossed


17 x 24,5 cm, 6.7 x 9.6 in



Page count

224 pages


May 2023



Author's Biographies

Benno Albrecht

Benno Albrecht is the rector of the Università Iuav di Venezia (IUAV). He has devoted his entire professional and academic career to the study of sustainability, combining research and architectural practice. In 2016, he established the Iuav Urbicide Task Force, a think tank conducting multidisciplinary research on urban and social reconstruction.

Jacopo Galli

Jacopo Galli is an assistant professor at the Università Iuav di Venezia and an associate researcher at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. He has authored various books and papers, lectured at numerous universities, curated international exhibitions, and provided consultancy to different international organizations.

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