Your Truth, Your Rights

Public Access Design

Your Truth, Your Rights

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

Tenants' Rights to Repairs

Making Policy Public

Tenants' Rights to Repairs

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Yours to Keep

Making Policy Public

Yours to Keep

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

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 Wait

Urban Investigations

The Wait

Show Me the Money!

City Studies

Show Me the Money!

Record It. Report It!

Public Access Design

Record It. Report It!

The Deciders

City Studies

The Deciders

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?

It's Not Just in Our Heads

Urban Investigations

It's Not Just in Our Heads

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Public Access Design

Bail's Set... What's Next?

Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!