Boston’s Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) pilots experiments that offer the potential to improve radically the quality of City services. MONUM focuses on three major issue areas: Participatory Urbanism, Clicks & Bricks, and Education. To design, conduct and evaluate pilot projects in these areas, MONUM builds partnerships between constituents, academics, entrepreneurs, non-profits and City staff.

If you would like to work with us on an idea you have to make Boston even better, we would love to hear from you.  You can learn more about our work below, or follow our work through our blog or on twitter.

Participatory Urbanism

New technology – from smart phones to GPS – and a resurgent spirit of civic engagement have created increased opportunities for closer connection and communication between City government and its citizens. Partnering frequently with the Mayor’s Constituent Service Office, MONUM is piloting projects that leverage this new technology and civic spirit to deliver services that are more personal and citizen-driven.

Clicks & Bricks

From green building standards to smart sensor networks, there is a revolution going on in how cities are designed & built. This new focus on technology infrastructure and sustainable design links how a City is built with how it is managed and experienced. Much of this work pairs the interests and talents of both designers and technologists outside of City Hall with leaders and staff from the City’s Public Works and Transportation departments.


The City’s education strategy is to surround youth from dawn to dusk and from birth through college with high quality and integrated educational opportunities. In collaboration with the City’s schools, community centers and libraries, MONUM is exploring the use of new tools & technology to facilitate communication between educators, students and parents and to deploy new programs that could improve offerings both inside and outside schools.

If you have a great idea to make Boston better, please contact us!