Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

Test Ride

City Studies

Test Ride

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

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.


Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

The Cargo Chain

Making Policy Public

The Cargo Chain

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party