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3rd Spaces

3rd Spaces Lab

Exploring and strengthening Boston's creative, community, and civic spaces. 

The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Boston’s research and innovation team, in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies, Living Cities, and Bennett Midland, will be investigating and experimenting prototypes around Boston’s 3rd spaces. We see 3rd spaces as everything outside the home and work, particularly public space and social places our residents and visitors interact, exchange, access goods and services, create, etc.

The 3rd Spaces Lab will explore how government can support 3rd spaces while being mindful of its limits and the freedom of communities to define their own spaces. We will tell the stories of Boston's many 3rd spaces, research the values and both economic and social returns of 3rd spaces, and implement design prototypes aimed at making our 3rd spaces more vibrant, equitable, and resilient over time. 



Mayor's office 1 city hall square boston, ma 02201