We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Fast Trash

City Studies

Fast Trash

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.


Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Don't Trash NYC!

Public Access Design

Don't Trash NYC!

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced