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

Public Access Design

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

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Test Ride

City Studies

Test Ride

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Former Interns

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson

Michael was CUP’s fall 2014 intern. A recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, he completed ... more

Michael Anderson

Michael was CUP’s fall 2014 intern. A recent graduate from Parsons The New School for Design, he completed his BFA in Communication Design with departmental honors this past May. He previously held internships at a music label, a chess club, a gallery, and a Brooklyn-based community organization. Originally from Portland, Oregon, he likes his coffee black and gets nostalgic nearly every time it rains. He hopes to continue to use his graphic design knowledge to create a positive impact in his community by working with non-profits and other local advocacy groups.

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Cassie Ang

Cassie Ang

Cassie Ang was CUP’s fall 2015 and spring 2016 intern. She is a designer who loves cities, people, and systems. Born ... more

Cassie Ang

Cassie Ang was CUP’s fall 2015 and spring 2016 intern. She is a designer who loves cities, people, and systems. Born and raised in Singapore, she’s interested in understanding and addressing systemic injustice, particularly in urban settings. To that end, she is currently pursuing a BA/BFA at The New School in Urban Studies and Service Design. Before The New School, she pursued a Diploma in Visual Communication (Graphic Design) at Temasek Polytechnic. In her spare time, she’s also a hand-letterer, cook, and writer.

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Shauna  Badeker

Shauna Badeker

Shauna is working on her undergraduate degree in Community Studies with a minor in Literature at the University of ... more

Shauna Badeker

Shauna is working on her undergraduate degree in Community Studies with a minor in Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz, go Banana Slugs! Her passion for social justice, alternative education, and travel have brought her to CUP. She is on a mission to break down the injustices of “the system” and to pull knowledge from everywhere she can. You might find Shauna running around New York City (literally running) training for her next marathon, waiting in absurdly long lines for poetry slams, or laying in the sun eating a burrito (back in California, of course). 

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Tess Bath

Tess Bath

Tess Bath was a CUP intern. She is a Hunter College student studying “Urban Space and Politics” through ... more

Tess Bath

Tess Bath was a CUP intern. She is a Hunter College student studying “Urban Space and Politics” through CUNY’s Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies Program. Straddling geography and urban studies, her focus aims to break down the complex web of actors/systems/structures that produce urban space. Tess spent a good long year drooling over CUP and was honored to be given the opportunity to continue this practice in the splendor of their office. Hailing from southeast Florida, she spends much of her time pragmatically reimagining the notoriously “apolitical” suburbs and hopes to apply her experiences in the city and with CUP to alternative and critical pedagogical initiatives back home. In her free time she enjoys jamming out on the air guitar to Weezer. 

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Aaron Chiu

Aaron Chiu

Was it ‘Choice or Chance’, that the lure of finding the Great Reuben would lead Aaron to the ‘Core ... more

Aaron Chiu

Was it ‘Choice or Chance’, that the lure of finding the Great Reuben would lead Aaron to the ‘Core Curriculum’ of the Big Apple? Interspersed between prowling deli-lined alleys of Gotham at night, he found refuge in the welcoming arms of CUP, who guided him through a maze of public policy and planning issues, as he used ‘21st Century Skills’ to cut and paste the pieces together. What will happen next? Down which road will this lead him? ‘Are You Ready for a Ruckus?’ Follow him on his next great adventure!

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Braden Crooks

Braden Crooks

Braden began life as a gardener turned landscape architect, before entering into the fray of community organizing and ... more

Braden Crooks

Braden began life as a gardener turned landscape architect, before entering into the fray of community organizing and advocacy. Once he graduated with a BLA from Penn State, Braden founded Groundswell PA, a citizen’s coalition that successfully banned fracking on the local level using a Community Environmental Bill of Rights. Since then, he came to New York for a graduate degree in Design and Urban Ecologies at Parsons, in which he hones his praxis developing forms of horizontal organizing, solidarity economies and political ecology. In his spare time, Braden produces a webseries talk show about New York. Some day, he plans to cook lunch for the whole CUP office.

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Matthew Evans

Matthew Evans

Matthew was an intern at CUP. He recently graduated from the Academy of Innovative Technology. In the fall, he will be ... more

Matthew Evans

Matthew was an intern at CUP. He recently graduated from the Academy of Innovative Technology. In the fall, he will be attending SUNY Cobleskill to study Culinary Arts. He is a former intern at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation and was drawn to CUP because they also did work surrounding housing rights. Also, he loves the creative aspects of CUP’s projects. He hopes to take his experience from CUP and incorporate the knowledge he gains this summer towards his goal of bringing food and health justice to low-income, minority New Yorkers.

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Esmeralda Figueroa

Esmeralda Figueroa

Esmeralda was a CUP intern. She is a rising senior at the Academy of Urban Planning. She looks forward to going to college ... more

Esmeralda Figueroa

Esmeralda was a CUP intern. She is a rising senior at the Academy of Urban Planning. She looks forward to going to college to study business and management and later pursue a career in art and design.  She spends her free time sketching and enjoys trying new techniques to better her art skills.  She is passionate in keeping people united by using different forms of art to help express one another.

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Rosa  Gil

Rosa Gil

Rosa Gil was a intern at CUP and is a rising senior at KAPPA International High School in the Bronx. Rosa is a student ... more

Rosa Gil

Rosa Gil was a intern at CUP and is a rising senior at KAPPA International High School in the Bronx. Rosa is a student tutor at her school and 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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Jacob Hernandez

Jacob Hernandez

Jacob is a native Texan and recent graduate of the Parsons The New School for Design BFA Communication Design program. ... more

Jacob Hernandez

Jacob is a native Texan and recent graduate of the Parsons The New School for Design BFA Communication Design program. During his time at Parsons, his interest for design and social justice within urban and social landscapes was shaped through collaborative-based classes, community-driven projects, and internship opportunities with local non-profit organizations. His senior thesis project focused on responding to the needs of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness by designing participatory tools that worked to affirm and empower LGBT young people. He plans to continue to explore his passion for advocacy through his design practice and volunteer opportunities. 

You can also find Jacob playing ultimate frisbee in Prospect Park, embarking on cityscape photo adventures, or eating tasty veggie burgers at his favorite vegan restaurant in Greenwich Village. 

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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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Margaux Lacroix

Margaux Lacroix

Margaux was a CUP intern. Originally from Southern France, she’s a student at l’Institut d’Etudes ... more

Margaux Lacroix

Margaux was a CUP intern. Originally from Southern France, she’s a student at l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Aix-en-provence, where she studies political science, law, and economics. She is however, interested in art and working with artists and is considering a Masters in Arts Administration. Before CUP, she was a Triangle Arts Association intern in Brooklyn. In her spare time back home, she cooks, facilitates children care, and fights for animal rights.

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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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Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth is an educator who doesn’t like classrooms.  She spends most of her time as a high school teacher ... more

Leslie McBeth

Leslie McBeth is an educator who doesn’t like classrooms.  She spends most of her time as a high school teacher in Toronto taking students out of the school building and into the community.  Leslie coordinates the school’s Service Learning program, which sees 200 students volunteering in their community every week.  As a member of the Radical Education Research Collective (RERC), Leslie exchanges ideas with educators who believe the future of learning will be radically different.  In her former life in New York City, Leslie was an advocate for improving public space and civic engagement as part of the dynamic team at the Design Trust for Public Space.

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Ron Morrison

Ron Morrison

Ron Morrison is a curious amalgam: both amateur cartographer and print media enthusiast, June Jordan devotee and lover of ... more

Ron Morrison

Ron Morrison is a curious amalgam: both amateur cartographer and print media enthusiast, June Jordan devotee and lover of lab coats. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign with a background in Chemistry, Psychology and Gender Studies. For the past four years he had been working in New Orleans creating popular education pedagogies using art and design to demystify processes of attaining and preserving housing. He believes that people should have full participatory access to shaping their cities and communities and sees design as a medium for creating knowledge and deconstructing discursive power paradigms. He is currently a graduate student in the Design and Urban Ecologies program at Parsons the New School for Design.

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Dori Nguyen

Dori Nguyen

Dori was a graduate intern at CUP. She is pursuing her MCRP at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at ... more

Dori Nguyen

Dori was a graduate intern at CUP. She is pursuing her MCRP at the Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, studying community and international development, with particular emphasis on food systems, economics and informal settlements.  She is currently scheming to make the world a better place.

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Oscar Nuñez

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Program Coordinator at CUP. He is a graduate of the City and Regional Planning Master’s Program at Pratt ... more

Oscar Nuñez

Oscar is a Program Coordinator 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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Jonathan Palmer-Hoffman

Jonathan Palmer-Hoffman

Jonathan is an architect who worked on the Sewer in a Suitcase project; where he honed his tablesaw skills on a Red Hook ... more

Jonathan Palmer-Hoffman

Jonathan is an architect who worked on the Sewer in a Suitcase project; where he honed his tablesaw skills on a Red Hook rooftop. After receiving a Master of Architecture degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Jonathan worked for architecture firms in New York and Shanghai. The next place is unknown…

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Kevin Park

Kevin Park

Kevin Park was CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and ... more

Kevin Park

Kevin Park was CUP’s spring 2015 intern. A junior at Hunter College, he is majoring in Asian American Studies and Media Studies. Previously, he was an intern for CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Girls for Gender Equity. Currently, Kevin is on the Steering Committee of Gay Asian and Pacific Islander Men of NY. Born and raised in NYC, Kevin is passionate about all things related to social justice and community organizing. He loves working with video and is a self-proclaimed YouTube geek.

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Zach Postone

Zach Postone

Zach Postone is interested in neighborhood planning, community gardens, climate change politics, and technologies of the ... more

Zach Postone

Zach Postone is interested in neighborhood planning, community gardens, climate change politics, and technologies of the future.  He’s originally from Berkeley, CA, and studied Political Science and Art at Swarthmore College. As an intern at CUP, Zach was involved with several CUP projects, including “What the Cell?”, the Soda Census, and the Zoning Toolkit.

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Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Urban Investigations

Stand Clear of the Rising Fares

Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!

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Public Access Design

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

The Cargo Chain

Making Policy Public

The Cargo Chain

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter