New Urban Mechanics
Our office was formed in 2010 as the Mayor's civic research and development team. We tackle research and design projects that cover a range of topics. This includes everything from civic engagement to City infrastructure to education.Summer and YEARLONG fellowships
Civic innovation is more than just increasing government efficiency. It's also about improving the experience and well-being of people. Interested in taking part? Consider applying for our eight-week summer 2019 fellowship, or our yearlong 2019-2020 fellowship.
Do you have an innovative idea to improve the City? Let us know through email, or schedule an in-person brainstorm during an upcoming office hours. We host 30-minute blocks every Tuesday, from 2 - 5 p.m.
City of Boston accepting proposals for Play Around the Snowy City competition
Here are some pieces that have been written about New Urban Mechanics and our way of working.
- Gimlet Creative (Wireframe): Good Design is Good Civics
- Apolitical: Boston's innovation lab teaches government to take risks. Here's how
- Politico: Boston, Theres an App for That
- Boston Globe: New Urban Mechanics, keep tinkering
- Fast Company: Boston Does Digital
- MIT Review: Cities Find Rewards in Cheap Technologies
- Governing: Will Urban Innovation Teams Outlast Political Change?
- GovTech: Boston Tackles Housing with Dedicated Innovation Lab
- Living Cities: Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government