Pay Dirt

City Studies

Pay Dirt

$ Breakdown

Urban Investigations

$ Breakdown

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

The Water Underground

Urban Investigations

The Water Underground

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

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.


Power Trip

Urban Investigations

Power Trip

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

Urban Investigations

Who Benefits from Community Benefit Agreements?

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

Happy Meals?

City Studies

Happy Meals?

Bodega Down Bronx

Urban Investigations

Bodega Down Bronx

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Public Access Design

Stand Up to Clean Up!

Predatory Equity

Making Policy Public

Predatory Equity