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What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

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.


What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

The Cargo Chain

Making Policy Public

The Cargo Chain

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights