What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Making Policy Public

Es Tu Dinero, Decides Tú

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Grand Army Plaza

Urban Investigations

Grand Army Plaza

About CUP

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses design and art to improve 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.


What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws