The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics was formed in 2010 as 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.
It would be easy to dismiss some of these signals as “No Action, Talk Only”, since many of the platforms do focus on discussion and deliberation. The Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in Boston (and its sister outfit in Philadelphia) suggest otherwise – describing itself as the city’s civic research and development team, the group pilots concrete actions and experiments that aim to improve the quality of life for Boston’s residents.