Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

My ID

City Studies

My ID

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

The Cargo Chain

Making Policy Public

The Cargo Chain

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Voters Rule

City Studies

Voters Rule

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York