Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

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. 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.


Making Change

City Studies

Making Change

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

It's Not Just Personal

Making Policy Public

It's Not Just Personal

Carbon City

City Studies

Carbon City

Fast Trash

City Studies

Fast Trash

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories