Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Draw the line!

Technical Assistance

Draw the line!

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Participants by Project

Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Matt Ledwidge

Matt Ledwidge

Matt was a CUP design Intern and a senior at the Cooper Union School of Art. He is excited about cities, mapping, ... more

Matt Ledwidge

Matt was a CUP design Intern and a senior at the Cooper Union School of Art. He is excited about cities, mapping, landscapes, archaeology, history and philosophy. He makes graphic design, public interventions, videos and images. He believes that art and design can change the way that people understand and experience their cities in unexpected ways. Originally from Toronto, Canada he enjoys going for underprepared hikes in the wilderness and biking around Brooklyn.

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Clara Amenyo

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she ... more

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she worked in Structured Credit for Barclays Capital. Clara has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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 Association For Neighborhood and Housing Development

Association For Neighborhood and Housing Development

ANHD is a 501c3 membership organization founded in 1974, comprised of 98 nonprofit neighborhood housing groups serving low- ... more

Association For Neighborhood and Housing Development

ANHD is a 501c3 membership organization founded in 1974, comprised of 98 nonprofit neighborhood housing groups serving low- and moderate-income New Yorkers. Over the past decade alone, ANHD’s training, policy research, advocacy, strategic communications, and leadership development for grassroots groups and residents has leveraged over $1.3 billion for affordable housing, rescued over 30,000 apartments and 160 buildings for low-income residents, and created break through policies for community development. ANHD is collaborating with CUP on an MPP about the Responsible Banking Act and contributed to the development of the Affordable Housing Toolkit and Zoning Toolkit.

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 MANY

MANY

MANY is a design studio based in New York City, founded by Christina Beard and Andrew Shea. MANY develops solutions in a ... more

MANY

MANY is a design studio based in New York City, founded by Christina Beard and Andrew Shea. MANY develops solutions in a range of mediums for a variety of clients. They have collaborated on projects since meeting at Maryland Institute College of Art, where they earned their MFA in graphic design. Both are active design educators and writers.Shea’s recently published new book, Designing for Social Change: Strategies for Community-Based Graphic Design features projects and strategies to help designers work more effectively with communities.Their individual design work and writing has been featured in Core77, AIGA, Designer’s Review of Books, Communication Arts, HOW, and Change Observer, among others. They are committed to creating meaningful design that positively impacts society and they partner with people and organizations who share that passion.

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Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning ... more

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.

He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.

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Clara Amenyo

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she ... more

Clara Amenyo

Clara was the Program Manager for CUP’s Public Access Design program from 2012 to 2014. Before coming to CUP, she worked in Structured Credit for Barclays Capital. Clara has a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.

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Petra Farinha

Petra Farinha

Petra Farinha is a NY Interaction Designer with several years of experience. She works at Purpose as the Lead Interaction ... more

Petra Farinha

Petra Farinha is a NY Interaction Designer with several years of experience. She works at Purpose as the Lead Interaction Designer and co-manager of the Design Department. From developing websites for large scale collective action for nonprofits, political movements  to civic engagement platforms, Petra promotes and advocates for the value of design thinking and human-centered approaches. Petra studied at ITP, Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU, where she explored the possibilities of technology,  their impact in our daily routines and how they are changing the way we experience cities. Before moving to NY, Petra was a freelance interaction/ visual designer and design faculty at the School of Arts and Design in Caldas da Rainha. prntscreen.net

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Ingrid  Haftel

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid was the Community Education Program Director for CUP. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago ... more

Ingrid Haftel

Ingrid was the Community Education Program Director for CUP. Before CUP, she was Curator of Exhibitions at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF), Chicago’s leading forum for the exchange of ideas on urban design. While at CAF, Ingrid developed major exhibitions that helped public audiences think critically about complex issues related to urban planning and architecture. Ingrid received her B.A. in English and Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago.

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Cole Hannan

Cole Hannan

Cole Hannan is a director/animator/all-around-visual-artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He loves to make art and use a myriad of ... more

Cole Hannan

Cole Hannan is a director/animator/all-around-visual-artist based in Brooklyn, NY. He loves to make art and use a myriad of mediums to express myself. Currently he is concepting an episodic dreamscape fantasy video series, hand-painting a line of t-shirts and creating animated commercials for them, pitching bands for music videos, writing weird psychedelic songs on guitar, all the while working professionally as an editor/animator/designer. www.ilovemonsters.com

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She ... more

Valeria Mogilevich

Valeria is a visual storyteller who creates tools for participation in collaboration with social justice organizations. She also consults with cultural institutions, education non-profits, and others on community engagement and youth education. Valeria was formerly the Deputy Director of CUP, where over the course of eight years she created popular education tools with community-based organizations and developed curricula to help public high school students change the way the see their own neighborhoods. She has shared her thoughts on project-based learning, collaboration, and design for social impact at places like the New Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, Pratt Institute, and institutions from Indianapolis to Rotterdam. Valeria holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Modern Culture and Media.

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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning ... more

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Community Education Program Manager at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt Institute with a concentration on Community Development. While completing his studies at Pratt, Oscar worked and interned in various local community organizations and groups, including CUP, on issues dealing with planning, design, and community education and engagement. Previously, he received a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.  Originally from Tegucigalpa, Honduras, he moved to Washington, D.C. at a young age. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French and can give pretty good directions in Portuguese.

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Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson is an artist who explores the ways people construct cultural moments and spaces through ... more

Douglas Paulson

Douglas Paulson is an artist who explores the ways people construct cultural moments and spaces through collaboration.  Douglas has organized and participated in expansive projects, adventures, and shows across the U.S. and Europe, and loves asking the question: “What art are you for?”  

He is the New York wing of the international collective Parfyme, initiator of an informal collaborative group Action Club and a member of Flux Factory, where he runs the residency program.  As a CUP teaching artist, he explored vacant property in Flatbush with middle school students, street-level banking mechanisms, and affordable housing placement with high school students.

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Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn was CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot ... more

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn was CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager. At the ripe age of two when she wasn’t running barefoot through the garden, Jenn began the lifelong pursuit of creative expression. A native born Hoosier, Jenn earned a liberal arts degree at Hanover College and followed her passion of design to Japan and Germany. With a combined love of the creative process, symbolism, and a strong belief in the influential power of art, Jenn earned her Masters in Art Therapy from New York University. She developed programs that used art as a tool for understanding and communication with youths at Ramapo for Children, the Foundation for Sustainable Development in India, Creative Arts Workshops for Kids, Free Arts NYC, and the Children’s Museum of the Arts, to name a few.

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Nikki Chung

Nikki Chung

Nikki Chung is a graphic designer and the principal of Once & Future, a design studio in NYC dedicated to bringing ... more

Nikki Chung

Nikki Chung is a graphic designer and the principal of Once & Future, a design studio in NYC dedicated to bringing thoughtful visual order to complex information. Once & Future makes identities, websites, mobile apps, books, illustrations, and more for small businesses and cultural organizations. Nikki received a BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Graphic Design from RISD. She has worked with CUP on Scary, OK With It, Good, Soda Census, and Draw the Line. Her website is http://once-future.com

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Christine Gaspar

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining ... more

Christine Gaspar

Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over fifteen years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she was identified as one of the “Public Interest Design 100.” She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

She’s been a CUP fan since 2001, and a staff member since 2009.

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Sam Holleran

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the ... more

Sam Holleran

Is an artist, designer, and writer. Sam was CUP’s Communications Coordinator from 2011 to 2014. He attended the the Cooper Union where he was the recipient of the Herb Lubalin Fellowship for Typography and the Benjamin Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Sam has worked extensively in printmaking; his fields of interest include: photogravure, letterpress, Ukiyo-e, and silkscreen.

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Michela Buttignol

Michela Buttignol

Born and raised in Northern Italy, Michela Buttignol is a New York-based freelance illustrator whose technological ... more

Michela Buttignol

Born and raised in Northern Italy, Michela Buttignol is a New York-based freelance illustrator whose technological fortitude has enabled her to branch across a variety of mediums. In 2011, she moved to New York to become a freelance illustrator, and since has been featured in The New York Times, American Illustration 31, 3X3 Annual N.10, Illustration Age, Brain Pickings and she just got selected for Illustrators 57 by the Society Of Illustrators in New York. The Fox Is Black described Michela’s style as dark and mysterious, yet still retaining an aspect of cheekiness.

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The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP) of Philadelphia Legal Assistance is a legal services program whose mission is to ... more

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project of Philadelphia Legal Assistance

The Pennsylvania Farmworker Project (PFP) of Philadelphia Legal Assistance is a legal services program whose mission is to provide legal assistance to low-income migrant and seasonal farmworkers throughout Pennsylvania. PFP represents Pennsylvania farmworkers in matters relating to the violation of local, state, and federal employment laws, and now, through a Low Income Taxpayer Clinic grant, in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service. A large part of PFP’s work is conducting outreach at labor camps throughout Pennsylvania to educate workers about their employment and tax rights.

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Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat is a graphic designer and filmmaker. His studio makes books, identities, educational videos, ads, and websites ... more

Andrew Sloat

Andrew Sloat is a graphic designer and filmmaker. His studio makes books, identities, educational videos, ads, and websites for non-profits, cultural institutions, and corporate clients. He lives and works in Brooklyn, is active in local and state-level good-government activism, and teaches in the graphic design MFAprogram at RISD.

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Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Making Policy Public

Your Guide to Welfare in NYC

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

I Heart East New York

Urban Investigations

I Heart East New York

If You Can Make It Here...

Urban Investigations

If You Can Make It Here...

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories