Fast-Tracked

Urban Investigations

Fast-Tracked

We care!

Making Policy Public

We care!

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Draw the line!

Technical Assistance

Draw the line!

The Good, Bad, & Unknown

Urban Investigations

The Good, Bad, & Unknown

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society, founded in 1967, supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for ... more

The Fortune Society

The Fortune Society, founded in 1967, supports a broad array of alternative-to-incarceration and reentry initiatives for people with criminal records. Fortune founded the David Rothenberg Center for Public Policy (DRCPP) to coordinate Fortune’s policy development, advocacy, technical assistance, training, and community education efforts. DRCPP promotes programs that support people with criminal records, and works to change the laws and policies that create counterproductive barriers to the successful reentry of people with criminal records into our communities. The Fortune Society Collaborated with CUP on the MPP Barriers to Reentry.

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James Frankis

James Frankis

James’ core focus is on how design can help to empower people to discover new information and understand complex ... more

James Frankis

James’ core focus is on how design can help to empower people to discover new information and understand complex problems. During his undergrad, in Information Design he designed ways to explain complex scientific information through visualization and interaction design. This led him to being hired by the National Science Museum in London as a designer, where he worked on both exhibition and print design. James is now studying for an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons. His work at Parsons has dealt with topics as diverse as making Neuroscience cool, food access in NY and youth empowerment in slum populations. jamesfrankis.co.uk

James was a 2013-2014 Public Access Design Fellow.

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Helki Frantzen

Helki Frantzen

Helki Frantzen received her BFA and MFA degrees from Bard College. For the last five years, she has worked as a teaching ... more

Helki Frantzen

Helki Frantzen received her BFA and MFA degrees from Bard College. For the last five years, she has worked as a teaching artist and filmmaker, creating educational and collaborative new media projects with teens in Brooklyn, working with organizations such as the NYC Parks and Recreation department, Adobe Youth Voices and the Center for Urban Pedagogy.  She worked as a teaching artist with CUP to produce “The Internet is Serious Business” and “What the Cell?”

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Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla has been named one of “The New School of Activists Most Likely to change New York City” by City ... more

Omar Freilla

Omar Freilla has been named one of “The New School of Activists Most Likely to change New York City” by City Limits magazine (2000). Raised in the South Bronx, where he continues to live, he has gained international recognition as an outspoken environmental justice activist who has dedicated himself to seeking solutions to the disproportionate environmental impacts faced by low-income communities of color. He is the founder and director of Green Worker Cooperatives (GWC), an organization dedicated to the creation of worker-owned and environmentally friendly businesses in the South Bronx. Through GWC, he is working to develop ReBuilders Source, the first worker-cooperative reuse center for building materials that will help create a new generation of “green collar” jobs and help reduce the generation and export of waste. His writing on community opposition to transportation racism in New York City was published in 2004 by South End Press in the book “Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity” edited by Robert Bullard. Omar has received numerous awards for his work including the Open Society Institute’s New York City Community Fellowship, the Union Square Award for grassroots activists, the Environmental Leadership Program fellowship, and the Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism. He has also been featured in the 2007 environmental documentary “The 11th Hour” produced by Leonardo DiCaprio.

Omar was an MPP juror.

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David Frisco

David Frisco

David Frisco is a designer and educator in New York City. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Art. He is on the executive ... more

David Frisco

David Frisco is a designer and educator in New York City. He holds an MFA from Yale School of Art. He is on the executive board for AIGA/NY. He is the principal of DFD: David Frisco Design, a small design practice with an emphasis on clients with social, cultural and environmental purpose. David is an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute. He teaches in both the Undergraduate and Graduate Communications Design department. David formed IntraCollaborative: a design collective comprised of four former Pratt MFA students focused on socially responsible design. IntraCollaborative worked on the Rent Regulation Rights Making Policy Public project with CUP and CAAAV. The project has gone on to be translated into Spanish for both New York and San Francisco residents, and most recently has been awarded a Sappi: Ideas That Matters grant which funded the 2015 MTA Subway poster campaign.

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Naoki Fujita

Naoki Fujita

Naoki Fujita has worked on “The Water Underground.”

Naoki Fujita

Naoki Fujita has worked on “The Water Underground.”

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Mari Fujita

Mari Fujita

Mari Fujita is trained as an architect. She is currently researching cultural and design practice in settlement-formation ... more

Mari Fujita

Mari Fujita is trained as an architect. She is currently researching cultural and design practice in settlement-formation in disaster areas. As a founding member of SpaceAgency, Mari is also involved with projects that “make space for knowledge and discussion of architecture in the public realm”. Mari Fujita has worked on Building Codes.

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Students from  Funky Fresh

Students from Funky Fresh

Students from the CUNY College Now program at Hostos Community College collaborated with CUP and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin on ... more

Students from Funky Fresh

Students from the CUNY College Now program at Hostos Community College collaborated with CUP and Hatuey Ramos-Fermin on “Funky Fresh”. Those students were: Marberd Bernard, Brando Campos, Shanty Castillo, Misael Castro, Lissette De Jesus, Richard Heard, Isiah Jaime, Brandon Khirodhar, Inés Loja, Marimar Mantuano, Gregory Feliz Moquete, Xavier Pérez, Claudia Ramirez, Shimu Siddika, Chavonne Stokes, Katherine Taveras, and Nicole Ureña

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 Garbage Problems team

Garbage Problems team

The students from City-As-School who participated in “Garbage Problems” were Brandon Rivera, Danny ... more

Garbage Problems team

The students from City-As-School who participated in “Garbage Problems” were Brandon Rivera, Danny Poutchkov, Elizabeth Sanchez, Francisco Simon, Geneva Eddy, Justyna Judycka, and Lemar White

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Leah  Garlock

Leah Garlock

Leah Garlock is a visual and interactive designer with an insatiable curiosity for other cultures. In May 2016, she ... more

Leah Garlock

Leah Garlock is a visual and interactive designer with an insatiable curiosity for other cultures. In May 2016, she graduated from Syracuse University’s VPA Communications Design and Newhouse Photography programs. During her studies, Leah received a grant to explore the cross-cultural identities of Korean American Adoptees, producing a short documentary and multimedia exhibit from her research. She employs an empathy-driven design process where she’s had the opportunities to serve on a wide range of socially conscious design projects. In her free time, Leah can be found hiking the trails of the Adirondacks, fueling her love of coffee, traveling, and reading good books. 

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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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Isaac Gertman

Isaac Gertman

Isaac Gertman is principal of The Independent Group (US), a multi­-disciplinary design practice that collaborates with ... more

Isaac Gertman

Isaac Gertman is principal of The Independent Group (US), a multi­-disciplinary design practice that collaborates with diverse individuals, organizations, and commercial clients to create distinctive work that establishes meaningful, lasting connections with audiences. In addition, Isaac is among the full­time faculty at Maryland Institute College of Art and is the Design Fellow at The Wassaic Project, in New York. Isaac’s work has been recognized by the AIGA and Society of Publication Designers. Isaac earned an MFA at the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Students from  Get Money

Students from Get Money

CUP and CUP teaching artist Becky Slogeris worked with students from College Now at Hostos on “Get Money”, a ... more

Students from Get Money

CUP and CUP teaching artist Becky Slogeris worked with students from College Now at Hostos on “Get Money”, a City Studies project on financial aid. Those students were: Atreyu Aguilar, Elizabeth Samaroo, Junisha Tavarez, Ebony Lowery, Oscar Przezdziecki, Qiqi Mei, Ashlee Kelly, Pei Jun, Amory Gregory, Suilong Luo, Tamera Imhiavan, Alexis Mcdowell, Sanasa Kaba, Dacia Duncan, Dahlia Hatab, Ava Bryan, and Destiny Serulle 

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Rosa  Gil

Rosa Gil

Rosa Gil was an intern at CUP in 2016. Rosa enjoys going to the library, morning walks to the park, spending time with her ... more

Rosa Gil

Rosa Gil was an intern at CUP in 2016. Rosa enjoys going to the library, morning walks to the park, spending time with her family, gaining new experiences, and learning about different aspects of society. Based on her interest in teaching and medicine, Rosa aspires to be a doctor. 

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Laura Giraudo

Laura Giraudo

Laura Giraudo is an Art Director and Graphic Designer from Argentina, living and working in NYC.Born in ... more

Laura Giraudo

Laura Giraudo is an Art Director and Graphic Designer from Argentina, living and working in NYC.Born in Tucumán, she majored as Graphic Designer at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she also taught the subjects Typography, Editorial and Graphic Design. After finishing her studies she established her own studio and then moved to Milan, Italy to complete a Visual Design Master Course at the Scuola Politecnica di Design (SPD).Through the years she has collaborated with different brands such asLAN, Greenpeace, GREY, Kraft Foods, Camelbak, the Center of Urban Pedagogy and Random House, among others, and artists like Lucía Cuba and Irving Flores.She’s currently the Creative Director and partner at Bardo Ind., a graphic design studio based in Brooklyn, NY.

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 GOLES

GOLES

GOLES is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since ... more

GOLES

GOLES is a neighborhood housing and preservation organization that has served the Lower East Side of Manhattan since 1977. Through our direct services, we serve over 2,000 families each year, and thousands more through our organizing and training and education work. We work locally, city-wide, and nationally with our allies to build solidarity and collective power to fight against the issues that oppress us and to create the world we want to see. GOLES has collaborated on Public Housing Television (PHTV) and the Affordable Housing Toolkit.

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Priscilla Gonzalez

Priscilla Gonzalez

Priscilla González has over 10 years of experience working to build power among immigrant communities of color ... more

Priscilla Gonzalez

Priscilla González has over 10 years of experience working to build power among immigrant communities of color in NYC. Until 2012, she had the honor to serve as the Executive Director of Domestic Workers United, bringing the historic fight for the nation’s first Domestic Workers Bill of Rights to a close and successfully transitioning DWU into a full-fledged, independent organization. Recently, she joined another historic and high-profile campaign, working for real police reform inNYC. Priscilla is a graduate of Barnard College and the London School of Economics. She is the proud daughter of a fierce South American immigrant woman who taught her the values of justice and struggle.

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Gabe Gordon

Gabe Gordon

Gabe Gordon grew up far-sighted in Cleveland, Ohio. Fascinated by postal systems and mail objects, Gabe’s work and ... more

Gabe Gordon

Gabe Gordon grew up far-sighted in Cleveland, Ohio. Fascinated by postal systems and mail objects, Gabe’s work and writing circulate around the art and politics of correspondence. As a Teaching Artist, Gabe has been lucky to work collaboratively on projects with children and teenagers of all ages across New York City, Western Massachusetts, and Detroit, Michigan. xxgg.work

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Melissa Gorman

Melissa Gorman

Melissa Gorman is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and entrepreneur living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She recently ... more

Melissa Gorman

Melissa Gorman is a multi-disciplinary designer, artist, and entrepreneur living and working in Brooklyn, NY. She recently earned an MFA in Design from the School of Visual Arts. Her design practice is primarily concerned with visual identity and branding for local startups and small businesses. In her art practice, she is interested in the idea of preservation through illustration, creating a time capsule of aspects of the city through portraits of places bound for extinction. She likes cats more than dogs, finds that yellow is the predominant color in her work, and finds it hard to turn down dessert. costd.com

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Students from  Grand Army Plaza

Students from Grand Army Plaza

CUP and CUP teaching artist Cassie Thornton worked with students from College Now at Brooklyn College on an Urban ... more

Students from Grand Army Plaza

CUP and CUP teaching artist Cassie Thornton worked with students from College Now at Brooklyn College on an Urban Investigation about what it would take to make a big change on Grand Army Plaza. Those students were: Najilah Desravines, Rebecca Leger, Stephanie Camacho, Daniel Linton, Jessie Chen, Iseult Leger, Carolyn Henry-Williams, Khalila Blake, Lynn Dominick.

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Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

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What Is Zoning?

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