Civic Innovation: A Future For Cities & Technology

Matthew Claudel

How can we use technology to improve cities? Business-as-usual, especially startup-style “move fast and break things” doesn’t work for cities, and government-as-usual doesn’t produce new technologies. Cities need an altogether new approach: an open process of civic innovation. Matthew Claudel, MIT urban scientist and designer, presents MITdesignX and Boston Beta Blocks, two initiatives that allow us all to critically and creatively engage with our civic futures.

Matthew Claudel

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher, and writer focused on the opportunities and challenges of civic innovation. He is the co-founder and Head of Civic Innovation at MITdesignX, a new program in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning, where he is also a PhD candidate. He is working with the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics on experimenting with civic innovation processes. He studied architecture at Yale, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.
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