What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Making Policy Public

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Making Change

City Studies

Making Change

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

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.


The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP

We Own It

Making Policy Public

Rumbo A Su Tarjeta Verde

Public Access Design

Rumbo A Su Tarjeta Verde

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

The Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal