What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

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.


Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade