Work Forced

Public Access Design

Work Forced

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

Child Support?!

Making Policy Public

Child Support?!

Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

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.


The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Voice Recognition

Urban Investigations

Voice Recognition

Boom Town

City Studies

Boom Town

How Can I Improve My Park?

Making Policy Public

How Can I Improve My Park?

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Meet the Gun Laws

City Studies

Meet the Gun Laws

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx