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What Is Zoning?

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What Is Zoning?

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Rent, Rights, and Repairs

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Making the Grade

‘A Guide to Your Rights in Homeless Shelters’

City Limits

February, 19, 2020

The Safety Net Project of the Urban Justice Center, the Safety Net Activists, the Center for Urban Pedagogy and design studio 13 milliseconds this week released a pamphlet outlining the rights that homeless individuals and families have in New York City. It covers everything from privacy to diet, voting to disabilities, public benefits to income savings; explains supportive housing and vouchers; talks about how to get a fair hearing and how to seek permanent affordable housing.

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‘Visualizing Disaster Legal Aid Relief with Figuring out FEMA

LexBlog

February, 4, 2020

Pro Bono Net teamed up with the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, and Carmen Lopez, a designer, to make navigating the Individual Assistance application process easier. Using Pro Bono Net’s advocacy expertise, CUP’s unique method of community-engaged design, and Carmen’s design prowess, our team developed Figuring out FEMA, a pocket guide for people applying to FEMA’s Individual Assistance program.

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‘How Graphic Design Can Help Advance Social Equity In Cities’

Next City

November, 19, 2019

This approach has been championed by organizations such as the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), who produce visual explanations demystifying urban policy issues — from food access to street vending — so that more individuals can better participate in shaping their communities.

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NYC Teens Share How Criminal Justice System Impacts Their Communities’

Next City

October, 16, 2019

Rivera and Minns were two of the 11 students who participated in a summer employment program at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court. The cohort worked with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a nonprofit using design and art to explain complex social justice issues, to compose a booklet explaining how criminal conspiracy laws impact New York communities.

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‘Sappi’s Ideas that Matter 20th Anniversary’

Sappi

June, 27, 2019

CUP’s Executive Director, Christine Gaspar, was recently featured in a video celebrating 20 years of Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program! Watch the video below to learn about the power of design and the importance of print.

CUP is deeply grateful for the support we’ve received from Sappi over the years that’s helped us reach communities throughout New York around issues of fracking, zoning, and tenants’ rights. 

Applications for the 2019 Ideas that Matter program are open here until July 31st — we promise it’s worth it.

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‘Housing Update: Homelessness Record, Rent Regs Debate Intensifies’

City Limits

May, 3, 2019

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has anew commissioner. Until last year, Louise Carroll had worked at HPD for 12 years, most recently overseeing the tax incentives program. The New York Post reports that NYCHA cut down more than 200 trees at the Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side. Residents were upset. According to NYCHA, deforestation is part of Hurricane Sandy recovery and repair efforts and the trees will be replaced. The Center for Urban Pedagogy along with several partners has launched a campaign educating tenants about how to report landlord harassment.

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‘华埠监狱环境报告将公布(图)’

US China Press

March, 8, 2019

城市教育中心(Center for Urban Pedagogy)项目经理托瑞(Mark Torrey)介绍, ULURP是纽约市区划制度的运作核心, 任何与当前区划不一致的开发提议都必须申请进行ULURP。ULURP是一个标准化的流程,其目的是让影响城市土地使用的项目申请通过公众参与的审核。该过程主要包括申请、认证及各部门的审查。纽约宪章也规定了该流程中各部分的决策时间。ULURP主要的参与包括市规划局、市规划委员会、社区委员会、区长、区委员会、市议会及市长。

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‘Fast facts about ULURP

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

March, 8, 2019

Another thing that triggers the ULURP process is a proposal from the Department of City Planning or a different city agency to change the zoning in an entire neighborhood.Big drama can break out when neighborhood residents object to ULURP plans. There’s fiery testimony at public hearings. Community groups organize protests.The ULURP process takes several months — and often upward of a year for larger projects.We’ve synthesized our description of how it works with the help of materials from the DCP’s website and the “What is ULURP? Guidebook,” published by the Center for Urban Pedagogy.

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‘101 small ways you can improve your city’

Curbed

November, 2, 2018

Fix up your local park. Does barely functional equipment take the fun out of your local playground? Would new basketball courts or equipment make the park next door more enticing? To help guide those seeking to get their public parks in tip-top shape, the Center for Urban Pedagogy created a guide for building coalitions, activating the community, and petitioning local government for change. It’s New York-centric, but the lessons can be applied everywhere.

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‘These might be the best-run nonprofits in New York’

NYN Media

October, 19, 2018

There are 20 finalists for the $100,000 Spark Prize. The Brooklyn Community Foundation announced which nonprofits were still in the running on Oct. 17, with the five winners to be named in January. In the meantime, the finalists will each get a $5,000 donation match during the upcoming #GivingTuesday. Read the full list of finalists here.

  • Center for Urban Pedagogy (Brooklyn) uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement, particularly among historically underrepresented communities. They are recognized for their practices in Fundraising, where they foster a culture of philanthropy among their staff.

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‘Design Over Time: the Value of Case Studies’

AIGA

April, 13, 2018

Three of the case studies take place in the United States, including one from the Center for Urban Pedagogy that focused on rezoning, which has radically reshaped neighborhoods in NYC.

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‘Zoning Game Lets Players Develop a 2,000-Square-Foot Lot’

Next City

April, 11, 2017

The tool comes from the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) — the same nonprofit that urged designers working in cities to consider social impact and “not be a Dick.” CUP also broke down the “big picture” of NYC welfare, and created a game to help Harlem residents understand zoning and their rights.

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‘A new tool teaches NYC developer lingo by making you an all-powerful urban planner’

Architect’s Newspaper

April, 4, 2017

Building on the What is Zoning? toolkit, CUP’s What is FAR? helps users get savvy with developer lingo—particularly the concept Floor Area Ratio (as readers may know, FAR determines the height and bulk of buildings). Language is power, and CUP, along with eight community partners, reasoned that it’s helpful for ordinary folks to speak the language of bureaucrats and capitalists when discussing changes in their neighborhoods.

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‘America Has Its Problems, But Design Can Help Solve Them’

Wired

February, 1, 2017

Every designer brings personal experiences and biases to a project, but effective designers put them aside and strive to understand the people they’re working for. “How do you as a designer show up in a way that’s being an ally and an accomplice first?” says Gaspar of CUP.

A few years ago, Gaspar and her team were helping develop a pamphlet that would help public housing residents understand their rights. Her designer chose a particular shade of blue for the typography, which elicited a strong reaction from the community members. “They said, ‘You can’t use that color,’” Gaspar recalls. “That’s the color of the Housing Authority.” It was a simple mistake and easily rectified, because Gaspar’s team involved its constituents in the design process from the very beginning of the project.

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Whose Art?

City Studies

Whose Art?

Field Guide to Federalism

City Studies

Field Guide to Federalism

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Making Policy Public

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Bottled Up

City Studies

Bottled Up

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Show Up

Public Access Design

Show Up

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!