Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful 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.


Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

Get Money

City Studies

Get Money

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

Voters Rule

City Studies

Voters Rule

Lunchroom Digest

City Studies

Lunchroom Digest

Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

New School on the Block

City Studies

New School on the Block