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City Studies

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What You Need To Know About ACS

Making Policy Public

What You Need To Know About ACS

Figuring Out FEMA

Public Access Design

Figuring Out FEMA

Government in Plain Sight

City Studies

Government in Plain Sight

Your School, Your Choice!

Making Policy Public

Your School, Your Choice!

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

Urban Investigations

Are You Ready for a Ruckus?

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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Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie Whitehouse holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Design from NSCAD (Halifax) and a Master’s degree ... more

Stephanie Whitehouse

Stephanie Whitehouse holds an undergraduate degree in Communication Design from NSCAD (Halifax) and a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba. She is an exhibit designer at the Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg, Canada. She also runs a small design studio called Public Image Co, working primarily for non-profit organizations.

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James Whitman

James Whitman

James Whitman (b. 1976) makes drawings, artist’s books, and sometimes other things. He has worked with such amazing ... more

James Whitman

James Whitman (b. 1976) makes drawings, artist’s books, and sometimes other things. He has worked with such amazing collaborators as The Lions, Barry Doupe, Owen Plummer and Perro Verlag. Most recently he has made a set of linocuts for Lubok Verlag (Leipzig, Germany), made the artist’s book Behead, Roll, Tell with Courtney Burke, and worked as a teaching artist with the Center For Urban Pedagogy (NYC). He holds an MFA in studio arts from Concordia University, Montreal where he studied under Eleanor Bond, and currently lives in Queens, NY.

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Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley is the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national public policy strategy organization ... more

Maya Wiley

Maya Wiley is the Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national public policy strategy organization that unites policy research and grassroots advocacy. As a civil rights attorney and policy advocate, Ms. Wiley has litigated numerous cases, lobbied Congress and developed programs to transform structural racism in the US and abroad. 
Prior to founding the Center for Social Inclusion, Maya was a senior advisor on race and poverty to the Director of U.S. Programs of the Open Society Institute and helped develop and implement the Open Society Foundation – South Africa’s Criminal Justice Initiative. She has worked for the American Civil Liberties Union National Legal Department, in the Poverty and Justice Program of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Maya previously served on the boards of Human Rights Watch, the Institute on Race and Poverty at the University of Minnesota School of Law and the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently chairs the Tides Network Board and was named a NY Moves magazine 2009 Power Woman. In 2011 Wiley was named as one of “20 Leading Black Women Social Activists Advocating Change” by The Root.com.

Maya was a MPP juror.

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Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia ... more

Dan Wiley

Dan Wiley is a Community Coordinator for a Congressperson in southwest Brooklyn and teaches part time at Columbia University GSAPP fall urban design studio.  Working in the Congressional office since 2000, he has coordinated planning projects and initiatives spanning communities from downtown Brooklyn southwest to Red Hook, Gowanus and Sunset Park.  Prior to that, he served as Education Coordinator at Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment (1993-1999).  He holds an MA in Urban Geography from Hunter College, CUNY (2007), a BFA from Cooper Union (1987) and was a fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (1988).  Before joining the board of CUP in 2006, he participated in the Building Codes exhibition (2001) and The Programmable City.  He also leads numerous interactive public neighborhood and waterborne tours.  His work can be found in If You Lived Here: The City in Art, Theory, and Social Activism, Seattle: Bay Press, 1991.

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Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn was CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager. With a strong belief that all youths deserve equitable access to ... more

Jenn Anne Williams

Jenn was CUP’s Youth Education Program Manager. With a strong belief that all youths deserve equitable access to the arts, Jenn has developed inclusive programs, published curriculum guides, and trained educators in how to use the arts as a tool for understanding, development, and social change with over 100 New York City public schools and community based organizations.  Jenn continues her pursuit of art as a tool for empowerment as a practicing artist, designer, educator, and administrator implementing high-quality, interdisciplinary art programs. You can follow her creative pursuits at artjawdesigns.com.

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Stephanie Winarto

Stephanie Winarto

Stephanie Winarto is a graphic designer currently based in New York City. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she spent a few ... more

Stephanie Winarto

Stephanie Winarto is a graphic designer currently based in New York City. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she spent a few years studying in the UK before moving to the US. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Graphic Design, and a concentration in Computation, Technology and Culture. As an urban-dweller shuffling between cities new and familiar, her work is often informed by the experiences of city-life, using design as a vehicle to learn about urban architecture and the social-cultural histories that form with it. Outside of design, Stephanie loves food and how it brings people together.

stephaniewinarto.com 

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Willy Wong

Willy Wong

Willy Wong immigrated at an early age with his family to Brooklyn from Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with artists, ... more

Willy Wong

Willy Wong immigrated at an early age with his family to Brooklyn from Hong Kong. He currently collaborates with artists, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and community leaders. He teaches at SVA and Parsons. From 2006–2014, he served as Chief Creative Officer of NYC & Company, where he and his team contributed to over 100 civic initiatives and public/private partnerships, including NYCGO, NYC Service, PlaNYC, GreeNYC, MillionTreesNYC, NYC Taxis, Bike NYC, NYC Mayor’s Cup, NYC Restaurant Week, NYC Broadway Week, Fashion’s Night Out, and NYCxDesign. During his tenure, tourism’s total economic impact to the City increased 50% to $60 billion, with domestic visitation increasing by 50% and international by 100%. He previously worked in advertising at MFP New York, software engineering at Sapient, management consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and private banking at JP Morgan. He earned his MFA from Yale and AB from Dartmouth.

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Block Party

City Studies

Block Party

Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

Making Policy Public

Rent Regulation Rights - San Francisco Edition

What Is Zoning?

Envisioning Development

What Is Zoning?

Get It Back!

Public Access Design

Get It Back!

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

Technical Assistance

What Do Incarcerated Parents Need to Know About ACS?

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

Making Policy Public

What Does It Mean To Live In My Own Place?

What's in the Water?

Making Policy Public

What's in the Water?

Engage to Change

Technical Assistance

Engage to Change