Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

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.


What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

My ID

City Studies

My ID

Museumopolis

Urban Investigations

Museumopolis

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx