New Urban Mechanics
The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) was formed in 2010 as the Mayor's civic research and design team (one of the first in the nation). We explore and tackle experiments and prototypes that cover a range of topics. This includes everything from the future of mobility to City infrastructure to collective well-being.Office hours
Have a creative idea to improve the City? Let us know through email, or schedule an in-person brainstorm during an upcoming office hours. We have two slots on Tuesdays, from 2 - 4 p.m., and one slot on Wednesdays, from 9 - 10 a.m.JOIN OUR TEAM
While we don't have any current open positions, this is where they would first appear. Summer and annual fellowships open in late November each year and close in mid-January.
2021 Year in Review
We've put together a brief year in review of some of our 2021 projects and reflections.
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Highlights of our work
Common questionsCommon questions
New City of Boston Block Party Kit Pilot Program Announced
Here are some pieces that have been written or recorded about New Urban Mechanics and our way of working.
- Design is Everywhere (Design Museum Everywhere): Civic Design with Intention and Service at the Core
- The Movement (TransLoc): Failure is Vital for What We Do
- Malmö Civic Lab (City of Malmö, Sweden): What's Boston Up To?
- Gimlet Creative (Wireframe): Good Design is Good Civics
- Mathematica (On The Evidence): Boston Invites Community to Set a Civic Research Agenda
- The Move Podcast S1E4: Designing for Delight
- Apolitical: Boston's innovation lab teaches government to take risks. Here's how
- Politico: Boston, There's 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