The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

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.


Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tu

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tu

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

$ Breakdown

Urban Investigations

$ Breakdown

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York