New Urban Mechanics
The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, formed in 2010, is one of the first municipal innovation offices in the world. Our research and design projects tackle a range of topics — from civic engagement to city infrastructure to education. Our team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds and our work comes in many different flavors.
Ultimately, we believe that civic innovation is more than just increasing government efficiency. It is also about improving the experience and well-being of our residents and visitors. A democracy is sometimes messy, unpredictable, and inefficient — all for good reason. So we ask:
How can we make civic life more meaningful for more people?
We work across departments and with the community to ask and unpack that question.
We explore, experiment, and evaluate civic innovation projects across departments and throughout the city. Our work spans many topic areas and approaches, and no two projects or approaches are ever exactly the same. Below is a semi-arbitrary sample of how some of our most recent work breaks down. Below that, you will find a list of all our projects in no particular order.
Here are some pieces that have been written about New Urban Mechanics and our way of working.
- 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?
- Susan Crawford, Dana Walters: Citizen-Centered Governance
- Living Cities: Guide for Embedding Innovation in Local Government