Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Urban Investigations

Talking Trash: Throwing Out the Big Apple

Store Stories

City Studies

Store Stories

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Weathering the Storm

Technical Assistance

Weathering the Storm

Museumopolis

Urban Investigations

Museumopolis

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.


Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Get Money

City Studies

Get Money

My ID

City Studies

My ID

If You Can Make It Here...

Urban Investigations

If You Can Make It Here...

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Show UP

Public Access Design

Show UP

Show Me the Money!

City Studies

Show Me the Money!

What Is Affordable Housing?

Envisioning Development

What Is Affordable Housing?