Space Jam

Urban Investigations

Space Jam

Get Support in Housing Court

Making Policy Public

Get Support in Housing Court

Level Up

City Studies

Level Up

Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

Technical Assistance

Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

Is Justice For All?

City Studies

Is Justice For All?

Is College For Me?

Public Access Design

Is College For Me?

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 Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Show Up

Public Access Design

Show Up

Pass It On!

Making Policy Public

Pass It On!

Don't Get Iced

Public Access Design

Don't Get Iced

What the Cell?

Urban Investigations

What the Cell?

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Making Policy Public

Shine a Light on Your Utility Rights

Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

Technical Assistance

Is Your Landlord Using Construction to Harass You?

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?