My ID

City Studies

My ID

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

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.


Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?