In conjunction with the City of Boston
Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, two schools at Harvard
University are working together on challenges in what has been
described as "marginalized Boston communities."
- The Harvard Kennedy School of Government is offering the course "Solving Problems Using Technology," taught by Susan
In the Fall of 2012, students from both courses have been working with the Mayor's Office of
New Urban Mechanics to create 'realizable' proposals to local issues as
identified by three community partners:
- The Harvard Design School is offering "Advanced Workshop in Participatory Urban Planning and Design," taught
by Michael Hooper.
The final proposals are being given on December 3, 2012 at Hibernian Hall
- Orchard Gardens Residents Association
- Uphams Corner Main Street
- Dudley Street Neighborhood Association
Much of the homework, comments and ideas are available at TUMBLR. http://dudleyclass.tumblr.com/archive/2012/11.
Class posting entries specific to Uphams
Strand Theatre Ideas
Dorchester North Burying Ground
Uphams Corner Community Branding
Uphams Corner Business Recruitment
Fairmount Indigo Line
A Look at the three Components: Urban Mechanics, Kennedy School, Design School
I. Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM)
Two websites provide information about MONUM.
City of Boston website: http://www.cityofboston.gov/NewUrbanMechanics/default.asp
The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics is an approach to civic
innovation focused on delivering transformative City services to
Boston's residents. “Our job in city government is to be urban mechanics – to fix the
basics that make our neighborhoods work. But the truth is, today, our
residents, our partners, ourselves —we are all urban mechanics.” -Mayor
Thomas M. Menino
MONUM website: http://www.newurbanmechanics.org/
The 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
II. Harvard Kennedy School of Government
To view course syllabus, click here
When the tools of governing change, governance changes, too. This
is primarily an experiential course given in collaboration with the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics.
Class participants will imagine, design, refine, and prototype
technological solutions to problems identified by neighborhood clients
with whom the class will work closely. The class also provides an
overview of how local and national governments around the world are
using digital resources to better serve their citizens and identifies
techniques drawn from these pioneering practices.
III. Harvard School of Design
This workshop combines seminar and studio elements. Students discuss key readings on the theory and practice of
participatory planning and design, drawing on both developed and
developing country experience.
They also tackle applied planning and design challenges facing marginalized
The studio will be held in conjunction with
students in the Kennedy School's DPI 682 (Solving Problems Using
Technology) and in partnership with the Boston Mayor's Office of New
To view the course overview video, click here
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Posted: December 2, 2012
Nancy J Conrad