What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

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.


Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Making Policy Public

En El Campo De Los Impuestos