I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

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.


Shifty Business

Public Access Design

Shifty Business

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?