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Public Access Design

Show Up

Soak It Up!

City Studies

Soak It Up!

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

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 particularly among underrepresented communities. 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.


Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

The Fresh Producers

Urban Investigations

The Fresh Producers

Voters Rule

City Studies

Voters Rule

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

What You Need To Know About ACS

Making Policy Public

What You Need To Know About ACS

If You Can Make It Here...

Urban Investigations

If You Can Make It Here...

Rumbo A Su Tarjeta Verde

Public Access Design