December 4, 2017
Featured by Brooklyn Magazine.
Anyone who rides the subway knows that New York City’s population is expanding. More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and that number will grow to 70 percent within a few decades. Population growth strains existing infrastructure, and cities are struggling with how to adapt successfully and sustainably to future demands.
New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) — a direct response to Mayor Bloomberg’s Applied Sciences NYC initiative, which asks universities to research challenges cities will face in the future — is training students to apply problem-solving methods across any number of cities.
CUSP addresses rapid urbanization and its effects; New York City serves both as its home and its classroom. By combining global urbanization and the digital revolution—IBM estimates that 90% of the world’s data has been created in the last two years, a startling number—CUSP hopes to become the preeminent organization tackling our future problems.