“Resilience has to be achieved not at the cost of a community, but by using technology to make a community better.” - Alexandros Washburn
CRU(x) is a research and education center dedicated to the proposition that coastal cities can increase their resilience to climate change and extreme events while simultaneously improving their quality of life. The projects undertaken are discreet, actionable and designed to change the status quo. These are real world problems in critical infrastructure and urban systems around New York Harbor that will attract the best minds worldwide, and whose solutions will be applicable globally.
The CRU(x) Program in Urban Resilience at the Stevens Institute of Technology is dedicated to the proposition that coastal cities can increase their resilience to extreme weather while simultaneously improving their quality of life.
Research is carried out by the CRU(x), and was founded in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to bring together three necessary technical disciplines in one center at Stevens:
Hydrodynamics – understanding the force of water
Urban Design – understanding the force of the city
Complex Computational Modeling – modeling cities, measuring results
The curriculum is designed to teach students and professionals of diverse backgrounds the necessary data-driven and science-based tools to make resilience in their communities a reality. The initial offering is a graduate certificate in Urban Resilience, available in Fall 2015. A master's in Urban Resilience will follow in 2016, with a constantly growing set of electives and studio labs based on real-world experience in critical infrastructure and urban systems around New York Harbor.