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New Urban Mechanics

New Urban Mechanics

As the City's civic R&D team, we pilot experiments that aim to improve the quality of life for Boston's residents.

Formed in 2010 as one of the first municipal innovation offices in the world, our research and design projects range from enhancing civic engagement, to improving city streets, to boosting educational outcomes for all residents.  Our team comes from a diverse array of backgrounds and our work comes in many different flavors. We do not care about or focus on any one technology or framework in particular, but one thing that unites all our projects - whether they are digital or analog or something in between - is a focus on the experience of being in an urban environment. The guiding question we ask ourselves is this:

What role can city government play not just in increasing the efficiency of basic services, but in expanding the opportunities for all to find meaning in civic life? 

Located within the Mayor's Office, we work across government departments and with community groups from around the city to continually ask and unpack that question.

    New Urban Mechanics
    1 City Hall Square
    5th Floor
    Boston, MA 02201
    United States
    Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.