What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Immigrants & NY

Making Policy Public

Immigrants & NY

Planning for your children's future

Technical Assistance

Planning for your children's future

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

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.


Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Draw the line!

Technical Assistance

Draw the line!

Our Voice, Our Choice

Urban Investigations

Our Voice, Our Choice

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!