Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal

Is Justice For All?

City Studies

Is Justice For All?

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

Keep Your Family's Home

Public Access Design

Keep Your Family's Home

Don't Bank On It

Making Policy Public

Don't Bank On It

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

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.


What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

We Own It

Making Policy Public

We Own It

Seeking Sanctuary

Urban Investigations

Seeking Sanctuary

Shelter Skelter

Urban Investigations

Shelter Skelter

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

The Public School Avengers

Urban Investigations

The Public School Avengers