A Fair Chance

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A Fair Chance

Housing Court Help

Public Access Design

Housing Court Help

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Making Policy Public

Is Your Home Making You Sick?

Ready, Set, Apply!

Technical Assistance

Ready, Set, Apply!

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Zoning It In...

Urban Investigations

Zoning It In...

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning ... more

Mark Torrey

Mark Torrey is a Community Education Program Manager for CUP, working on Making Policy Public and the Envisioning Development Toolkits. Previously he spent a good long while working as an Information Technology Specialist (computer guy) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, but then decided to firm up his understanding of cities by getting a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He wears his pants in the Highwater fashion, which most of the CUP staff find to be ridiculous, but it keeps his pants from getting caught in the bike chain.

He has been a CUP staff member since 2011.

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Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator. He creates architectural public art projects that ... more

Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso is a Brooklyn-based artist, designer, and educator. He creates architectural public art projects that reinforce social bonds in our public spaces. His most recent works were commissioned by or organized in collaboration with The Architectural League of New York, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Lower East Side Waterfront Alliance, Design Trust for Public Space, and the NYC Department of Transportation. He has worked as a teaching artist with the Center for Urban Pedagogy and Hester Street Collaborative. He is currently a Smack Mellon Studio Program Artist and a recipient of a New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowship as part of his Smack Mellon residency.

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Chat Travieso

Chat Travieso

CHAT TRAVIESO is an artist and architectural designer based out of Brooklyn, NY. He was the teaching artist for The Big ... more

Chat Travieso

CHAT TRAVIESO is an artist and architectural designer based out of Brooklyn, NY. He was the teaching artist for The Big Squeeze, an Urban Investigation that explores the issue of housing size in New York City. Chat’s work takes the form of playful and interactive design/build urban interventions that encourage people to question their assumptions of the built environment. Check out his website www.chattravieso.com to see what he’s up to these days.

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Valeria Treves

Valeria Treves

Valeria Treves is the Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community based organization and ... more

Valeria Treves

Valeria Treves is the Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community based organization and workers center in Jackson Heights Queens that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political and economic power in their communities and beyond. As Executive Director, Valeria has overseen the transition of NICE into a member led organization streamlining programs and campaigns to more closely fit the needs of the member base, newly arrived low wage undocumented immigrants working in the unregulated sectors of the construction, domestic work, and service industries. Prior to coming toNICE in 2006, Valeria worked as an Adjunct Lecturer at Hunter College-CUNY and was an adjunct organizer for the PSC-CUNY. Before that she worked as a Middle School Teacher in Oakland, California and was active in teacher organizing in the fight against high-stakes standardized testing. Valeria holds an M.A. in Geography from Hunter College-CUNY and a B.A. in Development Studies from UC Berkeley. Valeria is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina and grew up in Mexico, Argentina and Los Angles, CA.

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Rich Tu

Rich Tu

Rich Tu is an award winning designer and art director working in New York City. He is a recipient of the prestigious Young ... more

Rich Tu

Rich Tu is an award winning designer and art director working in New York City. He is a recipient of the prestigious Young Guns award through the Art Directors Club, and has exhibited at galleries and festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Miami. Commercially, his clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Business Week, Alfa Romeo, Bombay Sapphire, G-Shock, Converse, NPR, NorthFace, Purple Label, Skype, Coca-Cola, Verizon, Fuse TV, and Bravo TV, among others. Rich is a graduate of the Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts.

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Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite is an independent membership organization of public school educators supporting collaboration between ... more

Teachers Unite

Teachers Unite is an independent membership organization of public school educators supporting collaboration between parents, youth and educators fighting for social justice. TU organizes teachers around human rights issues that impact New York City public school communities, and offers collaborative leadership training for educators, parents and youth.  We believe that schools can only be transformed when educators work with and learn from parents and youth to achieve social and economic justice. TU collaborated with CUP on the MPP “Schools Are Us.”

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The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income tenants control their housing ... more

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board

The Urban Homesteading Assistance Board is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income tenants control their housing through the creation of limited-equity cooperatives. UHAB also helps tenants preserve existing and affordable housing by empowering them to make proactive decisions about the future of their homes. UHAB collaborated with CUP on the MPP Predatory Equity.

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Michelle de la Uz

Michelle de la Uz

Michelle de la Uz became the Fifth Avenue Committee’s (FAC) Executive Director in January 2004. Prior to joining ... more

Michelle de la Uz

Michelle de la Uz became the Fifth Avenue Committee’s (FAC) Executive Director in January 2004. Prior to joining FAC, Michelle was program director for the uptown sites of the Center for Urban Community Services in Washington Heights and Harlem, where she oversaw services in supportive housing for 400 low-income tenants and managed a staff of 30. Previously she was Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez’s first director of constituent services and directed her South Brooklyn District Office. Michelle is the first in her working-class immigrant family to graduate from college and is a product of bilingual education. She is a long-time Park Slope resident, a former trustee of Connecticut College, the recipient of the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World award and is now President of the Board of Directors of ANHD (Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development). Recently, Michelle was accepted into Fannie Mae’s NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University.

Michelle was a MPP juror.

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Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman is an urban planner, writer, artist, and activist. She is presently the Director of the Green Light ... more

Anusha Venkataraman

Anusha Venkataraman is an urban planner, writer, artist, and activist. She is presently the Director of the Green Light District initiative at El Puente, a community human rights institution in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked with numerous community groups in local organizing efforts, and as a visual artist both individually and with collectives. In 2010, she edited Intractable Democracy: Fifty Years of Community-Based Planning, a book celebrating New York City’s legacy of grassroots neighborhood-based activism. Anusha was the Youth and Outreach Director at the Steel Yard in Providence, Rhode Island. She holds a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Brown University. She served on a 2013 Public Access Design jury.

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Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen is one of CUP’s Summer 2018 Interns. He is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where ... more

Emilio Vides-Curnen

Emilio Vides-Curnen is one of CUP’s Summer 2018 Interns. He is currently a rising senior at Brown University, where he studies Visual Arts and Architectural Studies. Born and raised in Boston and a lifelong artist, he has always been interested in urban issues and the ways in which art and design can be used to tackle them. He is especially interested in uplifting and serving marginalized urban communities, including but not limited to queer/LGBTQ+ people, low income communities, people of color, and those directly affected by the prison-industrial complex. In his free time, you can find him (un)ironically looking at astrology memes, hopelessly juggling the million creative half-ideas in his head, and taking walks through the city and its parks as often as possible. 

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Mariel Villeré

Mariel Villeré

Mariel Villeré, former intern at CUP, focuses on the revitalization of post-industrial architecture and urban spaces ... more

Mariel Villeré

Mariel Villeré, former intern at CUP, focuses on the revitalization of post-industrial architecture and urban spaces through art, architecture, and cultural activities. Professional experience at small design studios, non-profits, and museums situates her work between disciplines. She is currently a Masters Degree candidate at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art and holds a BA in Architecture from Barnard College, where she first learned about CUP.

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Minh Anh Vo

Minh Anh Vo

Minh Anh Vo is one half of Papercut, along with Victor Schuft. Minh Anh & Victor are two French graphic designers, ... more

Minh Anh Vo

Minh Anh Vo is one half of Papercut, along with Victor Schuft. Minh Anh & Victor are two French graphic designers, though their names may sound either Vietnamese or German. Minh Anh was born in Annecy and grew up in Paris. Victor comes from Troyes. They met in Brussels, where they studied Graphic Design and Typography at La Cambre School of Arts. After graduating in 2006, they decided to move to Los Angeles and eventually got married at LAX. They are now living and working in Brooklyn. Papercut worked with CUP to design the Fracking in the Delaware River WatershedMPP.

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Mary Voorhees Meehan and Neil Donnelly

Mary Voorhees Meehan and Neil Donnelly

Neil Donnelly and Mary Voorhees Meehan are graphic designers who work in print, identity, interactive, exhibition, and ... more

Mary Voorhees Meehan and Neil Donnelly

Neil Donnelly and Mary Voorhees Meehan are graphic designers who work in print, identity, interactive, exhibition, and motion design. Their clients include Yale University, Williams College, the New Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, The New York Times, Storefront for Art and Architecture, The New School, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have been working together since meeting in the graphic design MFA program at Yale. Both are active design educators and live and work in Brooklyn. Neil and Mary will be working with CUP on the upcoming MPP Increasing Immigrants’ Access to Banks.

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Students from  Voters Rule

Students from Voters Rule

CUP and CUP teaching artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti worked with students from the Bronx High School for the Visual Arts on a ... more

Students from Voters Rule

CUP and CUP teaching artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti worked with students from the Bronx High School for the Visual Arts on a project to decode voter eligibility rules and design a take-away to make politics more accessible to other students. Those students were Diana Aguirre, Dyreek Brathwaite, Charles Brown, De Sean Brunson, Karim Christopher, Anthony Denor, Celines Flores, Malcolm Jackson, Devin Lopez, Kassandra Luyando, Quinton Negron, Miguel Peralta, Emani Prioleau, Argzon Qosaj, Albert Rica, Ashley Rios, Jasmine Stackhouse, and Jurgen Tafaj.

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BinHua Wang

BinHua Wang

BinHua Wang, student of Aviation high school located in Long Island City. His favorite hobby is to investigate the unknown ... more

BinHua Wang

BinHua Wang, student of Aviation high school located in Long Island City. His favorite hobby is to investigate the unknown and share with the public. In the summer of 2011, he signed up to participate with CUP to solve the puzzle behind electricity and how it’s created and sent to our cities. In process of doing that, BinHua was able to acquire the skill of interviewing as well as gathering useful information. The experience he had with CUP truly helped him become a better speaker during the presentation.

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Vincent Warren

Vincent Warren

Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Vince oversees CCR’s ... more

Vincent Warren

Vincent Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Vince oversees CCR’s litigation and advocacy work, which includes using international and domestic law to hold corporations and government officials accountable for human rights abuses; challenging racial, gender and LGBT injustice; and combating the illegal expansion of U.S. presidential power and policies such as illegal detention at Guantanamo, rendition, and torture. Prior to his tenure at CCR, Vince was a national senior staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), where he litigated civil rights cases, focusing on affirmative action, racial profiling and criminal justice reform. Prior to the ACLU, Vince monitored South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and worked as a criminal defense attorney for the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn.

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Althea Wasow

Althea Wasow

Althea Wasow is a filmmaker and a Ph.D. student in Film & Media and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. ... more

Althea Wasow

Althea Wasow is a filmmaker and a Ph.D. student in Film & Media and Critical Theory at UC Berkeley. Her research focuses on the intersection of media transition, theories of racial difference, and crime. “the wannabe,” a film she wrote and directed, won Best Short at HBO’s New York International Latino Film Festival. Her work also includes “The Whole World Revolved Around Her,” featuring Wangechi Mutu, and has screened at national and international film festivals, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Queens Museum of Art, and other institutions. Althea has collaborated on documentary films, museum exhibitions, photography books, and multimedia projects including: “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” (media researcher & consultant), “An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar” (co-writer & senior editor), "Rikers High" (co-producer), “The Autobiography of Malcolm X Multimedia Study Environment” (assistant editor), “The Innocents” (producer & project editor), and “The Mark of Cain” (associate producer). Althea is a co-founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) and served on its board of directors for nearly ten years.

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 We Have Photoshop

We Have Photoshop

We Have Photoshop was born in New Haven, Connecticut in March 2007 and received an MFA from Yale School of Art a couple of ... more

We Have Photoshop

We Have Photoshop was born in New Haven, Connecticut in March 2007 and received an MFA from Yale School of Art a couple of months later. Before We Have Photoshop was born it was a magazine art director and senior lecturer in London; a book designer for university presses in Louisiana and North Carolina; and a designer of corporate literature in New York. In the short time since its birth it has been involved with museums in midtown Manhattan; colleges in Brooklyn, Philadelphia and Oslo; multiculturalists in northern Italy; architects and researchers in New Jersey; and artists in Chelsea and Brooklyn. We Have Photoshop recently completed work on the MPP Know Your Lines.

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 Welcome Workshop

Welcome Workshop

Welcome Workshop is a New York-based silk screening, illustration, and design collaborative between Anny Oberlink and ... more

Welcome Workshop

Welcome Workshop is a New York-based silk screening, illustration, and design collaborative between Anny Oberlink and Maggie Prendergast. We provide alternatives to large-scale, anonymous production and are driven by our belief that design can engage a broad audience. We’ve concluded that sitting alone at the computer pales in comparison to working together and have made teamwork and collaboration our modus operandi. As designers, we choose to negotiate between digital and analog, creating work through pen and paper as well as the mouse.  Welcome Workshop has collaborated with Victoria Yee Howe at Family Business Gallery, NY, Kiosk, NY, Invisible Export Gallery, NY, Project Space, BC and Neighbour, BC.

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 WeShouldDoItAll

WeShouldDoItAll

Sarah Nelson Jackson and Jonathan Jackson are principals of WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA), a contemporary design studio that ... more

WeShouldDoItAll

Sarah Nelson Jackson and Jonathan Jackson are principals of WeShouldDoItAll (WSDIA), a contemporary design studio that translates clients’ needs into dynamic, visual systems that can be presented at multiple scales. These solutions take the form of branding, interactive, print, environmental or spatial projects. Our name is simply a goal. Designers should not feel constrained to some singular expertise. To survive our own creative game, it is imperative to know that there is not one absolute solution to any given problem. To immerse oneself within different avenues of creativity, forces consideration of the otherwise unconsidered. It’s that method of working that’s exciting and motivating for the studio’s practice.

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Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

Technical Assistance

Dick & Rick: A Visual Primer for Social Impact Design

Participatory Budgeting

Technical Assistance

Participatory Budgeting

What's On Your Plate?

City Studies

What's On Your Plate?

A Fair Chance

Making Policy Public

A Fair Chance

Welcome to Health Care!

Making Policy Public

Welcome to Health Care!

What's in the water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the water?

Food Stamped

City Studies

Food Stamped

ICEbreaker

City Studies

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