Soda Census

City Studies

Soda Census

What Options Doc?

Urban Investigations

What Options Doc?

Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

The Newtown Creek BOA

Technical Assistance

The Newtown Creek BOA

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

Public Access Design

Rent, Rights, and Repairs

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.


I Got Arrested! Now What?

Making Policy Public

I Got Arrested! Now What?

$ Breakdown

Urban Investigations

$ Breakdown

Lotto Zone

Urban Investigations

Lotto Zone

What is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What is Zoning?

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

My ID

City Studies

My ID

Up Closed and Personal

Urban Investigations

Up Closed and Personal