Center for Urban Science and Progress

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Coordinates: 40°43′48″N 73°59′42″W / 40.73000°N 73.99500°W / 40.73000; -73.99500

Center for Urban Science and Progress
Established 2013
Type Private
Director Steve Koonin
Location Brooklyn, New York, United States
Campus Urban

The Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) is a degree-granting technology and research institute, that is located in Downtown Brooklyn, New York. It is a graduate school of New York University mainly focusing on urban informatics.[1] It opened in September 2013, and will be located in the MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn.

History and background[edit]

In July 2011, Mayor Michael Bloomberg issued a request for proposals to all universities worldwide to build an engineering and applied sciences campus in New York City. The winner(s) of this competition would receive significant funding from the city in order to build this campus.[2] NYU submitted a proposal to build a school of applied urban science in Downtown Brooklyn, in an old, underused MTA building, with the aim of confronting the world's pressing urban challenges. The proposal was declared a winner in April 2012 by Mayor Bloomberg after various negotiations with the city government and the MTA. During the celebration ceremony, Steve Koonin was named as the director of CUSP.[3]


CUSP is located at 370 Jay Street in a 460,000 square feet (42,735 m2) building, adjacent to NYU-Poly's Rogers Hall, once the old MTA equipment in the building is removed and the building is completely renovated. In the meantime, NYU established CUSP in leased space in MetroTech and classes bega nSeptember 2013. The projected year of completion for the permanent building is 2017.[4]


NYU-Poly, along with NYU's other schools, have already begun developing curricula for the new school. Subjects that will be studied include urban engineering, civil engineering, computer science, and electrical engineering.[1] Besides students accepted directly to CUSP or NYU-Poly, graduate students from other schools of NYU will be invited to study at CUSP, as well as students from CUSP's partner universities, which include Carnegie Mellon University, CUNY, The Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, The University of Toronto, and The University of Warwick.[5] CUSP will also have industry partners to assist with research, which include IBM, Cisco, Siemens, Con Edison, National Grid, Xerox, Arup, IDEO, and AECOM.[4]


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