Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Test Ride

City Studies

Test Ride

Rent Regulation Rights

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights

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.


What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

City Studies

Hello, My Name is Minimum Wage

Air it Out

City Studies

Air it Out

Immigrants & NY

Making Policy Public

Immigrants & NY

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?