The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

Social Security Risk Machine

Making Policy Public

Social Security Risk Machine

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

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.


Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?