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Up Closed and Personal

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Up Closed and Personal

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Our Voice, Our Choice

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Our Voice, Our Choice

If You Can Make It Here...

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Vendor Power!

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Vendor Power!

‘What can we learn from lottery spending’

MIT News

January, 26, 2017

The City Digits: Local Lotto project is an ongoing collaboration with Laurie Rubel, associate professor of secondary education at CUNY’s Brooklyn College, and the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a Brooklyn-based nonprofit organization led by MIT architecture and urban planning alumna Christine Gaspar MA ’04 MCP ’04 that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. The project has two goals: to develop and pilot innovative tools to help improve data literacy for high school students and to educate them about issues that directly affect their communities; and to examine the economic effect of the state-sponsored lottery on low-income neighborhoods in New York City.

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‘Nueva guía para obtener acceso a vivienda popular’

NY1 Noticias

January, 12, 2017

“No es solo el problema de viviendas asequibles, sino también es el problema de mejorar las situaciones financieras de los neoyorquinos, y entonces de esa idea nació ese proyecto”, señaló Oscar Núñez, del Centro de Pedagogía Urbana.

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‘Agencies Create New Guide on Steps to Take to Apply for Affordable Housing and Putting Together a Strong Application’

NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development

January, 10, 2017

Based on the initial findings, HPD, DCA and the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), with support from Citi Foundation and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, also created Ready, Set, Apply: Getting Ready for Affordable Housing in NYC (Spanish), a friendly and approachable guide outlining the steps to apply for affordable housing and how to prepare a strong application.

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‘A punchy new guide from the Center for Urban Pedagogy shows architects how not to be Dicks’

The Architect’s Newspaper

July, 8, 2016

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) teamed up with the Equity CollectiveChristine Gaspar, executive director of CUPTheresa Hwang, founder and director of Department of Places; and Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of Studio O—and illustrator Ping Zhu to produce Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design, a gently didactic pictorial for architects on the dos and don’ts of community-engaged design.

As their names suggest, Dick is the Goofus to Rick’s Gallant. The 15-page spread walks readers through the design process in each architect’s respective office: In a stroll around the neighborhood, Rick spies a flier for a community meeting about parks, and wonders if he could lend his skills to the project. Dick reads a news piece about the same initiative and, pen aloft, offers help to “them.”

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‘How East Harlem Wrote Its Own Development Plan’

Next City

June, 20, 2016

“We have a conversation about that, about the bad, the fears, some people bring up the potential benefits. In that Lincoln Houses workshop, and this has not been uncommon, I remember residents saying no, that means the neighborhood is going to change,” recalls Haftel, a former curator for the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Haftel had been looking for a way to merge her love of art and design with her interest in urban justice and housing issues when she met CUP’s director, who was in Chicago for a meeting with community groups about adapting the group’s affordable housing workshop for use in their city.

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‘These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Work’

Smithsonian Mag

May, 19, 2016

Sometimes CUP’s projects are as simple as creating posters. In 2009, the nonprofit worked on a project called Vendor Power, creating a large graphic poster to distribute to street vendors across New York City. Street vendors, who earn an average of $14,000 a year, can easily fall afoul of the city’s complex system of vendor laws. Park too far from the curb and you could be looking at a $1,000 fine. Allow your jacket to cover your vendor’s license? That’s another $1,000 fine. The poster, which explains the laws using graphics and sparse, multilingual text, was aimed to help vendors avoid these violations. CUP distributed the poster free at various city events. 

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‘Worker Co-Ops Explained in the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s Latest Project’

Impact Design Hub

May, 3, 2016

CUP created the bilingual fold-out to explain the logistics of worker co-ops, comparing co-ops to typical businesses, outlining how one can start or join a worker co-op, and illustrating the daily employment life of a worker-owner.

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‘Pocket Guide Attempts to Increase Transparency in the Justice System’

Impact Design Hub

January, 7, 2016

The Center for Urban Pedagogy recently partnered with The Bronx Defenders and designers L + L to create Get It Back!, a pocket-guide for the recently arrested to retrieve their personal items upon release. The book illustrates the process, which is often convoluted and not intuitive, with straightforward instructions and a sleek design.

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‘Affordable Housing Appraised: A Review’

Urban Omnibus

December, 14, 2015

This wealth of diverse material, rounded out by interactive features like the Center for Urban Pedagogy’s digital “What is Affordable Housing” toolkit and the Citizens Housing and Planning Council’s “Inside the Rent” app, manage to convey not only why government is involved in affordable housing (because the private sector alone can’t, or won’t, provide it), but who that housing is for (a wide spectrum of individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have a place to live).

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‘“Människor är experter på sina egna områden”’

Sveriges Radio

November, 25, 2015

Center för urban pedagogik i New York har sedan slutet av 90-talet arbetat för att öka medborgarinflytandet. Via konst och design gör de stadsplanering och andra komplicerade processer mer lättillgängliga.

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‘First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Thirteen Youth Arts Programs’

Tech Times

November, 18, 2015

“Thousands of kids all across America are dreaming just a little bigger and they’re reaching a little higher thanks to after-school programs that you all represent,” the First Lady spoke to the attendees of the awarding ceremony.

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‘2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Announced!’

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program

November, 18, 2015

With their personal stories demonstrating the power of the arts and humanities to transform lives and communities, 12 young people from across the country shared the stage today with First Lady Michelle Obama to receive the country’s highest honor for the after-school programs in which they participate.

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Zoning It In...

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En El Campo De Los Impuestos

Air Fair?

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A Bet on Debt

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A Bet on Debt

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Step Right Up

City Studies

Step Right Up

What's On Your Plate?

City Studies

What's On Your Plate?