Puff Puff Passed

Urban Investigations

Puff Puff Passed

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

Show Up

Public Access Design

Show Up

Pinned Down? Rise Up!

Making Policy Public

Pinned Down? Rise Up!

From Shelter to Apartment

Making Policy Public

From Shelter to Apartment

Fast-Tracked

Urban Investigations

Fast-Tracked

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 Internet is Serious Business

Urban Investigations

The Internet is Serious Business

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Public Access Design

Language Rights are Civil Rights!

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

Our Values, Our Voice, Our Vote

Making Policy Public

Our Values, Our Voice, Our Vote

Get Support in Housing Court

Making Policy Public

Get Support in Housing Court

Record It. Report It!

Public Access Design

Record It. Report It!

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Making Policy Public

Figuring Out Health Insurance

Is Your Neighborhood Getting Too Expensive?

Technical Assistance

Is Your Neighborhood Getting Too Expensive?