Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

Lunchroom Digest

City Studies

Lunchroom Digest

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

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.


Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Now Boarding

Urban Investigations

Now Boarding

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories