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Fielding Hong

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at ... more

Fielding Hong

Fielding is a Youth Education Program Manager at CUP. He has almost 10 years of experience as a youth educator working at the intersections of history, the arts, and social justice. Fielding has worked as both a high school history teacher in Philadelphia and a museum educator in New York. He holds a B.A. in Film Studies from Wesleyan University, a teaching degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Culture and Gender Studies from Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. A born and bred Iowan, this country boy loves exploring urban wilds, borderlands, and the possibilities of thirdspace. He has made his home in the fight for the right to the city.

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Christina Houle

Christina Houle

New media artist Christina Houle holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and is currently working to complete ... more

Christina Houle

New media artist Christina Houle holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and is currently working to complete an EdM in Technology, Innovation and Education from Harvard (2016).  Primarily interested in new forms of story telling as a tool for social justice, Houle’s work aims to bring new insights into how empathy can inform conflict resolution and is committed to the apprehension of emergent phenomena at the intersection of the aesthetic and journalistic.  As an award winning choreographer and filmaker her work has appeared at Movement Research at Judson Church, the NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and at Second City Chicago, been supported by the Rema Hort Mann Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation. 

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 Housing Court Answers

Housing Court Answers

Housing Court Answers has been advocating for people without lawyers in NYC’s Housing Courts for more than 30 years. ... more

Housing Court Answers

Housing Court Answers has been advocating for people without lawyers in NYC’s Housing Courts for more than 30 years. They staff information tables, run a hotline and train advocates who assist low income people facing eviction and homelessness. Housing Court Answers has led the fight for the use of plain language in the courts, better treatment of “pro se” litigants (those without lawyers), and an end to tenant “blacklisting”. And they continue to advocate, as they have since their founding, for a right to counsel for low income tenants in eviction cases.

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Students from  How Do We Look?

Students from How Do We Look?

CUP and CUP Teaching Artist Paul Sargent worked with students from Ms. Cardarelli’s advisory class at the Urban ... more

Students from How Do We Look?

CUP and CUP Teaching Artist Paul Sargent worked with students from Ms. Cardarelli’s advisory class at the Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice on  a project about surveillance. Those students were: Zarminaoy Akhmedova, Susie Alvarez, Nalyn Celestine, Evelyn Cordero, Marium Dar, Ashley Desil, Melissa Dominique, Hira Ghaffar, Kiram Imtiaz, Sara Iqbal, Alyssia King, Aisha Loane, Deeba Mazhar, Kelly Mishquiri, Shanel Montreuil, Lina Mubarez, Shanella Palmer, Tayyaba Rehman, Manahil Sami, Khadija Sarwar, Iqra Tariq.

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Students from  I Heart East New York

Students from I Heart East New York

Students from the BCCP at Wingate Campus on the I Heart East New York Urban Investigation

Students from I Heart East New York

Students from the BCCP at Wingate Campus on the I Heart East New York Urban Investigation

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 Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Defense Project

IDP was founded 15 years ago to respond to the devastating 1996 immigration laws that have placed millions of immigrants at ... more

Immigrant Defense Project

IDP was founded 15 years ago to respond to the devastating 1996 immigration laws that have placed millions of immigrants at risk of detention and deportation for virtually any interaction with the criminal justice system. Since then, the deportation apparatus has expanded greatly. A key tool in the mass deportation system is the collaboration between police and jails with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify people for deportation. IDP works to end this collaboration and transform unjust deportation policies. They also educate immigrant communities, criminal defenders, and others on how to protect and expand immigrant rights. IDP is working with CUP on a website about how immigrants that have been arrested can protect themselves from ICE.

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Students from  Internet is Serious Business

Students from Internet is Serious Business

Kristian Roberts, Joanna Pajuelo, Darnell Lubin, and Brian Garrido, all from City-as-School, collaborated with CUP and ... more

Students from Internet is Serious Business

Kristian Roberts, Joanna Pajuelo, Darnell Lubin, and Brian Garrido, all from City-as-School, collaborated with CUP and Helki Frantzen on “The Internet is Serious Business.”

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 IntraCollaborative

IntraCollaborative

IntraCollaborative is David Frisco, Chantal Fischzang, Natalie Sims, Richard Hall and Leigh Mignogna. Our recipe is an ... more

IntraCollaborative

IntraCollaborative is David Frisco, Chantal Fischzang, Natalie Sims, Richard Hall and Leigh Mignogna. Our recipe is an educational methodology: a designer/professor with many years experience combining design with public service, and three former and one current Pratt Communications Design MFA students who’ve worked closely for the last several years.

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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Ellie Irons

Ellie Irons

Ellie Irons is an interdisciplinary artist and educator exploring the interplay of humanity and ecology through drawings, ... more

Ellie Irons

Ellie Irons is an interdisciplinary artist and educator exploring the interplay of humanity and ecology through drawings, environmental sculpture, and site responsive projects. Born in rural Northern California, she went to college in Los Angeles, where she studied art and environmental science. After falling in love with biology field work, she began combining ecology with art. She relocated to New York City in 2005, and completed her MFA at Hunter College in fall 2009. She now teaches and keeps a studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

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Diamond James

Diamond James

Diamond James is a social designer whose work explores intersections of race/space/class and design in American cities. Her ... more

Diamond James

Diamond James is a social designer whose work explores intersections of race/space/class and design in American cities. Her practice includes creating tools for making human-centered design personable, writing about the field, teaching, and youth civic engagement. A former Washington Post journalist, Diamond is interested in the ways people share stories to promote self-or group-identity catalyzing social change. She is a Los Angeles native who has lived in almost every region of the country since leaving home for undergraduate study at Northwestern University. She holds a Masters of Arts in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

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Leon Anthony James

Leon Anthony James

Leon Anthony James is a Brooklyn based photographer. He believes whole heartedly in the goodness and creativity of people ... more

Leon Anthony James

Leon Anthony James is a Brooklyn based photographer. He believes whole heartedly in the goodness and creativity of people and hopes that any and all work he does reflects that belief. In the past he has had the honor of teaching at Brooklyn College, as well as being a Laundromat Project Create Change Fellow and Caribbean Cultural Centers African Diaspora Initiative Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow. 

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Rebecca John

Rebecca John

Rebecca was CUP’s Development and Communications Assistant. She joins CUP after working with organizations building ... more

Rebecca John

Rebecca was CUP’s Development and Communications Assistant. She joins CUP after working with organizations building the power of working-class, immigrant communities in New York City. She is interested in the ways art, culture, and design play a critical role in instigating social change by building people’s capacities to engage with social issues, organizations, and movements from an individual to a mass level. She takes inspiration from the legacy of artists like Gayle Asali Dickson, Emory Douglas, and Rini Templeton who produced art and graphics for Black Liberation and Latin American movements for liberation.  She hopes to amplify CUP’s work creating tools that connect, inform, and activate communities impacted by systems of oppression to transform our world towards justice. In her free time, she is a creative writer, a pie-maker, an animal enthusiast, and a lover/collector of textiles from the Global South.

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Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

Nick was CUP’s 2017 Change in Design Fellow. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer originally from ... more

Nick Johnson

Nick was CUP’s 2017 Change in Design Fellow. He is a graphic designer, illustrator, and typographer originally from Detroit, MI. He graduated with his BFA in Graphic Design from Western Michigan University. Before his work with CUP, Nick consulted with the Kalamazoo Black Arts and Cultural Center, Western Michigan University’s Special Education and Literacy program, and interned with the Frostic School of Visual Art. Nick’s goal is to use his skills as an artist and designer to help encourage learning, excellence, and community awareness.

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Jeff Kasper

Jeff Kasper

joined CUP as an intern and Weston Scholar from The City College of New York. He studies art and the social sciences, with ... more

Jeff Kasper

joined CUP as an intern and Weston Scholar from The City College of New York. He studies art and the social sciences, with an independent focus on the perceptions and aesthetics of cities. He is interested in exploring how visual media can illuminate obscured shared values among diverse groups of urban dwellers. Jeff frequently engages in various design, writing, research, curatorial, pedagogical, and public projects. He currently is a contributor to The City Atlas of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, as well as GreenspaceNYC. His work has been featured at venues including the Art Directors Club, Phoenix Design Museum, FIGMENT, PS Project Space, among others.

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Prudence Katze

Prudence Katze

Prudence Katze arrived in New York from Memphis, TN in 2004. Since then, she has graduated from the Cooper Union, and has ... more

Prudence Katze

Prudence Katze arrived in New York from Memphis, TN in 2004. Since then, she has graduated from the Cooper Union, and has been working with projects that examine our urban ecology. She started working with CUP as an Education Intern in 2009 and has assisted Hatuey Ramos-Fermin with both the “I Heart East New York” and “Who Benefits from Community Benefits Agreements at the Kingsbridge Armory” Urban Investigations. Prudence also taught a workshop with students from the Resilience Advocacy Project, and produced the resulting book “The Road to Cash Assistance.”

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Anisa Keith

Anisa Keith

Anisa Keith is a Managing Director at BRP Companies, which specializes in green, urban, multi-family housing in the NY ... more

Anisa Keith

Anisa Keith is a Managing Director at BRP Companies, which specializes in green, urban, multi-family housing in the NY Tri-State area. In this capacity she is responsible for the development and expansion of BRP’s relationships with institutional investors. She joined the firm from Mumbai-based Khambatta Securities where she was Head of Global Sales for the firm’s Institutional Brokerage Group and worked on placements of real estate investment vehicles for the Tata Group (India’s largest conglomerate). She has 15 years of experience in the financial services sector, mainly as an analyst and sector fund manager with the $400 billion pension and insurance company, TIAA-CREF. Ms. Keith has held CFO and COO roles at two NY-based service companies, for one of which she also directed new business activities, including an expansion into the Mid-East/Gulf region. Additionally, as an independent consultant, she has provided advisory services to financial companies. Ms. Keith started her professional career as an analyst at Booz Allen and Hamilton.

Ms. Keith received her MBA from Columbia Business School in New York City and her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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Sean Kelleher and Danny Aviles

Sean Kelleher and Danny Aviles

Sean Kelleher and Danny Aviles, from City-As-School, were part of the Water Underground crew in 2006. 

Sean Kelleher and Danny Aviles

Sean Kelleher and Danny Aviles, from City-As-School, were part of the Water Underground crew in 2006. 

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Ariel Kennan

Ariel Kennan

Ariel Kennan draws upon her experience in multidisciplinary design to lead research, concept development, and design, ... more

Ariel Kennan

Ariel Kennan draws upon her experience in multidisciplinary design to lead research, concept development, and design, collaborating closely with design teams, clients, vendors, and partners. Her passion is where experience design meets scale – from the palm of the hand to entire cities, and everything in between. She has created new mobile learning concepts, websites, kiosks, media walls, digital signs, new institutions, and new communities. arielkennan.com

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Andy Kennedy

Andy Kennedy

Andy Kennedy is a freelance animator/filmmaker/musician living in Brooklyn. He is a RISD graduate with a BFA in ... more

Andy Kennedy

Andy Kennedy is a freelance animator/filmmaker/musician living in Brooklyn. He is a RISD graduate with a BFA in film/video/animation. His most recent stop-motion animated film, Accumulonimbus, has screened at film festivals and on computer screens worldwide. In collaboration with CUP, Andy has animated corn in Bodega Down Bronx, and made sewer sounds for H2 Oh No! His work can be seen at andykennedy.net

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Lynn Kiang

Lynn Kiang

Lynn Kiang is co-founder of DOME, a multi-disciplinary design studio in graphic design, interaction design, and built ... more

Lynn Kiang

Lynn Kiang is co-founder of DOME, a multi-disciplinary design studio in graphic design, interaction design, and built environments. Previously she led experience design at SYPartners, collaborating with strategists and company leaders in transforming their brand. She was also a media designer at Local Projects, leading graphic and interaction design for museums and cultural institutions. She has also designed at Fathom Information Design in Boston. She received her MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Certificate of Collegiate Teaching from Brown University, and a BS in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles. lynnkiang.com 

DOME is working with CUP on the ULURP Envisioning Development Toolkit.

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Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

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Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

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