Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Know Your Lines

Making Policy Public

Know Your Lines

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

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 the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Museumopolis

Urban Investigations

Museumopolis