What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

ICEbreaker

City Studies

ICEbreaker

Don't Trash NYC!

Public Access Design

Don't Trash NYC!

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

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.


How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

Mean Streets

City Studies

Mean Streets

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws