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BSA Commonwealth Award


The individual, group, concept, or object (other than an architect or a building) has influenced significantly our built environment or our awareness of it. Prospective recipients might be a public agency, a public policy, or a private developer/user who encourages good design. Also eligible would be such diverse candidates as a publication or an outstanding education program.

2021 Recipients

Mayor’s Office of 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.

Mayor’s Housing Innovation Lab
Mayor Martin J Walsh established the Housing Innovation Lab in 2015 as a first of its kind effort to pilot and scale affordable housing innovations within municipal government. The iLab works with experts inside and outside of government tSo explore new ideas for making Boston’s housing more affordable.

The iLab is embedded within the City’s Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH, formerly known as the Department of Neighborhood Development), which is the agency responsible for housing creation, preservation and policy and the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), which is the City’s innovation team.