Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

Know Your Lines

Making Policy Public

Know Your Lines

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.


The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

We Care!

Making Policy Public

We Care!

Get Money

City Studies

Get Money

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights