What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York

Now Boarding

Urban Investigations

Now Boarding

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.


Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

My ID

City Studies

My ID

We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?