Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

H2 Oh No!

Technical Assistance

H2 Oh No!

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

From Cellblock to Your Block

Urban Investigations

From Cellblock to Your Block

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement particularly among underrepresented communities. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them.

We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

CUP projects are collaborations of art and design professionals, community-based advocates and policymakers, and our staff. Together we take on complex issues—from the juvenile justice system to zoning law to food access—and break them down into simple, accessible, visual explanations.

The tools we create are used by organizers and educators all over New York City and beyond to help their constituents better advocate for their own community needs.

Website design: Linked by Air

Find out more about CUP through this short video from the Curry Stone Design Prize.


Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Lunchroom Digest

City Studies

Lunchroom Digest

What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

New School on the Block

City Studies

New School on the Block

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

Public Access Design

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