Air it Out

City Studies

Air it Out

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

¡No me han pagado!

Public Access Design

¡No me han pagado!

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

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

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped