Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

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Public Access Design

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Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

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.


Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

Museumopolis

Urban Investigations

Museumopolis

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?