Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

City Digits

City Studies

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

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 Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

We Care!

Making Policy Public

We Care!

Get Money

City Studies

Get Money

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza