We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful 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.


What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt