Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tu

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tu

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

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.


Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Fast-Tracked

Urban Investigations

Fast-Tracked

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

City Digits

City Studies