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CUNY Institute for Urban Systems

Transportation, water, energy & communication, these infrastructure systems have supported New York City's position as a world capital in business, media, and the arts.

Now these systems are now showing signs of strain, threatening out ability to meet the demands for further growth, change, and even maintenance of our present economy. The near future mill be a period of significant infrastructure investment. Three major forces will influence the next generation of infrastructure investment:


A host of new communications technologies will create more centralized control and more real-time information to be used by infrastructure managers and users.


Use of real-time information will change infrastructure institutions and will place information technology operators in a central position within those agencies.


Modernization and capital expansion demanded by new technologies and institutional change will call for new methods of financing, which itself will impact infrastructure institutions.

The CUNY Institute for Urban Systems (CIUS) has as its primary goal the shaping of these forces and their impacts, while simultaneously providing leadership through policy advisement and practice.

CUNY is a natural home for the Institute The Institute's Board of Directors is composed of distinguished faculty from a number of CUNY campuses. With strong schools of engineering and architecture, and noted programs in urban planning, law and management, CIUS is linking academics and business to provide solutions to the problems of aging infrastructure.

CUNY Institute for Urban Systems