Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Common Cents

City Studies

Common Cents

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement particularly among underrepresented communities. 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 Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Scary, Ok With it, Good

City Studies

Scary, Ok With it, Good

Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!

Carbon City

City Studies

Carbon City

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade