What is asylum?

Making Policy Public

What is asylum?

We're Watching

Public Access Design

We're Watching

Making the Grade

Urban Investigations

Making the Grade

Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors?

Envisioning Development

Is Your Landlord Harassing You or Your Neighbors?

Vendor Power!

Making Policy Public

Vendor Power!

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.


Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

What You Need To Know About ACS

Making Policy Public

What You Need To Know About ACS

Share, Where?

Urban Investigations

Share, Where?

Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?