Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

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

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?