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Rent Regulation Rights

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Mean Streets

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Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

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Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

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Public Access Design

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The Public Society

The Public Society

The Public Society is a multi-disciplinary design studio that seeks, above all else, impact. Impact for our clients, yes, ... more

The Public Society

The Public Society is a multi-disciplinary design studio that seeks, above all else, impact. Impact for our clients, yes, but also for the world at large. We are interested in using our talents to amplify voices that are often unheard but are critical to the public discourse. This is why we are keen to work with those who are interested in collaborating on world-changing and world-bettering ideas, be they commercial or not-for-profit. Making the world a cleaner, more just, and more transparent place excites us. Education excites us. What excites us most of all is collaborating with others to accomplish these goals.

The Public Society were 2013-2014 Public Access Design Fellows and worked on Housing Court Help.

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Alexandra Woolsey Puffer

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer is an artist-designer in New York City and principal collaborator with Publicworks Office. Her ... more

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer

Alexandra Woolsey Puffer is an artist-designer in New York City and principal collaborator with Publicworks Office. Her interests include social systems and symbolic capital.

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Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle is a comic artist. His books include Blindspot, Lab U.S.A. and Prison Town. He is also a co-editor of World War ... more

Kevin Pyle

Kevin Pyle is a comic artist. His books include Blindspot, Lab U.S.A. and Prison Town. He is also a co-editor of World War 3 Illustrated, America’s longest running political comics anthology. Kevin Pyle was the teaching artist on “Prison City Comix.”

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Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit is the co-founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar. She has over ten years of experience in organizing, ... more

Luna Ranjit

Luna Ranjit is the co-founder and Executive Director of Adhikaar. She has over ten years of experience in organizing, activism, and participatory action research in the US and South Asia. Prior to Adhikaar, she worked at Andolan, APICHA, and New Voices National Fellowship Program. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, and a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She regularly appears on print and broadcast media on issues related to workers’ rights, language access, and the needs of the emerging Nepali-speaking community. She currently lives in Jackson Heights, Queens.

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The Red Hook Community Justice Center

The Red Hook Community Justice Center

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Operating since ... more

The Red Hook Community Justice Center

The Red Hook Community Justice Center is the nation’s first multi-jurisdictional community court. Operating since 2000, the Justice Center seeks to solve neighborhood problems using a coordinated response. At Red Hook, a single judge hears neighborhood cases that under ordinary circumstances would go to three different courts. Instead, residents and justice system partners alike have access to an array of services – under one roof – to help improve local quality of life. The Justice Center is a project of the Center for Court Innovation, an independent public-private partnership that works to promote institutional change and new ways of thinking about justice. The Justice Center worked with CUP on Rent, Rights, Repairs, a foldout guide to housing court for public housing residents.

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David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer and writer in New York City. He graduated from the University of North ... more

David Reinfurt

David Reinfurt is an independent graphic designer and writer in New York City. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1993 and received an MFA from Yale University in 1999. On the first business day of 2000, David formed O-R-G inc., a flexible graphic design practice composed of a constantly shifting network of collaborators. Together with graphic designer Stuart Bailey, David established Dexter Sinister in 2006 — a workshop in the basement at 38 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side in New York City. The workshop is intended to model a Just-In-Time economy of print production, running counter to the contemporary assembly-line realities of large-scale publishing. This involves avoiding waste by working on-demand, utilizing local cheap machinery, considering alternate distribution strategies, and collapsing distinctions of editing, design, production and distribution into one efficient activity. Dexter Sinister published the semi-annual arts magazine Dot Dot Dot from 2006-2011 and is currently regathering under a new umbrella project called The Serving Library. David is 2010 United States Artists Rockefeller Fellow in Architecture and Design and currently teaches at Princeton University.

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Aaron Reiss

Aaron Reiss

Aaron grew up in a coastal town in Southern California. He studied Urban Planning and Environmental Studies at Yale, where ... more

Aaron Reiss

Aaron grew up in a coastal town in Southern California. He studied Urban Planning and Environmental Studies at Yale, where he fell in love with using the visual arts as a means for exploring the places we inhabit and for talking about fascinating and important social issues. Right now, he lives in Chinatown, Manhattan where he works as a freelance journalist and cartographer.

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Elma Relihan

Elma Relihan

Elma Relihan is a Graphic Designer with a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Ireland before moving to the UK to ... more

Elma Relihan

Elma Relihan is a Graphic Designer with a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Ireland before moving to the UK to further her education, she completed an MA in Graphic Design at the London College of Communication. Since then she moved to NYC to broaden her scope and take on new and exciting opportunities with a move into film. She hopes to use her experience thus far to create awareness around social issues with stories that ignite people’s imagination and curiosity. She has won several design awards and loves to collaborate with youths to help them recognize their potential to create change. Her passion lies in harnessing the power of art in its many mediums to start a dialogue. Her inspiration includes varied artists and filmmakers, Ai Weiwei, Banksy, Picasso, Ken Loach, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pedro Almodóvar and Carsten Höller.

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 Remás

Remás

Remás is a Brooklyn organization that helps immigrants understand their financial choices and improve their ... more

Remás

Remás is a Brooklyn organization that helps immigrants understand their financial choices and improve their options for achieving financial prosperity.

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 Resilience Advocacy Project

Resilience Advocacy Project

Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) empowers youth to become leaders in the fight to end poverty. RAP combines youth ... more

Resilience Advocacy Project

Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP) empowers youth to become leaders in the fight to end poverty. RAP combines youth leadership programs with system-level advocacy initiatives in order to build resilience in youth and increase their voice in civic and social justice efforts.

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 Retail Action Project

Retail Action Project

RAP is an organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities and workplace standards in the retail ... more

Retail Action Project

RAP is an organization of retail workers dedicated to improving opportunities and workplace standards in the retail industry. RAP’s growing membership network of 3,000 retail workers is an industry voice for workers across the industry, ranging from bargain chains to high-end department stores. Together with community and labor allies, RAP members are impacting retailers’ labor practices and the public policies that affect their lives. RAP supports retail workers’ path towards career security through job training, services and workplace organizing. Retail Action Project is working with CUP on a video about scheduling practices in the retail industry.

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Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes is the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, ... more

Damaris Reyes

Damaris Reyes is the Executive Director of Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES). A lifelong resident of the Lower East Side, she has been involved in community organizing and housing issues both locally and nationally for more than a decade. Under Reyes’ leadership, GOLES expanded the scope of its work to include, land use, environmental public health, and economic justice. Her commitment to working collectively to organize and to build power for low-income communities of color in the decision-making that shapes the future of their lives and the Lower East Side neighborhood brought the organization into a pivotal role on a range of key issues including the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, Living Wage, and the redevelopment of the East River Waterfront. Reyes currently sits on the board of the Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development, the advisory board for the Center for Neighborhood Leadership, and the Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee of Manhattan Community Board 3. She is the recipient of the 2006 New York Women’s Foundation’s Helen La Kelly Hunt Neighborhood Leadership Award, the 2008 Urban Agenda Visionary Award, and the proud winner of the 2009 Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Municipal Arts Society.

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Damon Rich

Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of CUP. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced ... more

Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a designer, artist, and the founder of CUP. In his exhibitions, graphic works, and events, sometimes produced in collaboration with young people and community-based organizations, Rich creates fantastical spaces for imagining the physical and social transformation of the world. His work represented the United States at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale, and has been exhibited at PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Netherlands Architecture Institute. In 1997, he founded CUP, and was Executive Director for 10 years. Damon currently serves as the Urban Designer for the City of Newark, New Jersey, where he leads design efforts with public and private actors to improve the city’s public spaces.

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Joelle Riffle

Joelle Riffle

Joelle Riffle is a communication designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in ... more

Joelle Riffle

Joelle Riffle is a communication designer from Cleveland, Ohio. She graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in communication design in 2013. Joelle has a range of professional and creative experiences, from her time as a graphic designer at the small branding and web studio to her current role as the program administrator at the Parsons Scholars Program. Her design practice and administrative work overlaps in the desire to work from a people-focused approach to collaborate and mobilize for positive change, particularly around underrepresented populations in creative fields.

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 Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and ... more

Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper’s mission is to protect the environmental, recreational and commercial integrity of the Hudson River and its tributaries, and to safeguard the drinking water of nine million New York City and Hudson Valley residents.Riverkeeper focuses on three overarching problems facing Hudson River communities: (1) Restoration of the Hudson River ecosystem, with particular emphasis on minimizing fish kills and water pollution; (2) Protection of New York City’s drinking water supply; and (3) Improving public access to the Hudson River.

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Grace Robinson-Leo

Grace Robinson-Leo

Grace Robinson-Leo is a graphic designer living and working in New York. She holds an MFA from Yale University ... more

Grace Robinson-Leo

Grace Robinson-Leo is a graphic designer living and working in New York. She holds an MFA from Yale University and prior to that, studied Architecture at Barnard College. She has worked for Project Projects, Thumb, and Manuel Miranda, and is currently a Communications Design Intern at IDEO. Personal clients include Marc by Marc Jacobs, Trou Normand Restaurant in San Francisco, and a forthcoming book on the artist Morgan Fisher for the Aspen Art Museum.

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Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon is principal and chief operating officer at Group Gordon, a New York-based strategic communications ... more

Jeremy Robinson-Leon

Jeremy Robinson-Leon is principal and chief operating officer at Group Gordon, a New York-based strategic communications firm named the Holmes Report’s Best Boutique Agency to Work For in North America in 2014 and 2015. He oversees all aspects of client service across the firm’s corporate, public affairs, and crisis practices and has considerable expertise in strategy, media relations, social media, and crisis management, appearing regularly as a commentator on related topics in the media. Jeremy advises leading companies and organizations, including Shake Shack, Union Square Hospitality Group, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, DonorsChoose.org, the Ford Foundation, Marcato Capital Management, and Schulte Roth & Zabel, among many others. He sits on the board of Enterprise Community’s Partners’ Gotham Society and early in his career worked with elected officials at both the state and Federal levels. He earned his B.A. in political science from Vassar College. 

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Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe is an artist, educator, and social practitioner based in New York City. Trained as a printmaker, and committed ... more

Patrick Rowe

Patrick Rowe is an artist, educator, and social practitioner based in New York City. Trained as a printmaker, and committed to pedagogically based practices, Patrick brings printmaking into public space. Through community based art projects, he works to co-create spaces for collaboration, active participation, and the exchange of cultural knowledge. Patrick received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and spent two years living in Cairo, Egypt before moving to New York City in 2010. He finished his Masters of Fine Art and Masters in Art and Design Education at Pratt Institute 2014. www.mobileprintpower.com

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Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin is Director of Policy & Community Development at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender office in ... more

Kate Rubin

Kate Rubin is Director of Policy & Community Development at The Bronx Defenders, a holistic public defender office in the South Bronx.  She leads the office’s legislative and administrative advocacy activities and partnerships with community based organizations. She also manages Reentry Net/NY, an online resource center that helps individuals and advocates navigate the consequences of arrest, criminal convictions, and incarceration.  Kate’s prior experience is in education and supporting grassroots organizing campaigns that fight for criminal justice reform and accountable in economic development.  She holds a BA in history from Cornell University and served on the board of CUP from 2006 to 2012.

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 Safety Net Project

Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is New York City’s advocate for economic justice, ... more

Safety Net Project

The Urban Justice Center’s Safety Net Project (SNP) is New York City’s advocate for economic justice, combining direct legal services, litigation, research, and policymaking to achieve economic justice for all New Yorkers. We strengthen the safety net by ensuring access to public benefits, nutritional assistance programs, eviction prevention services, public housing, and emergency shelter to ensure that no New Yorker is without food, housing, or other basic human rights.

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Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

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Ready, Set, Apply!

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

We Are Public Housing

Making Policy Public

We Are Public Housing