This post inaugurates a new web site and marks a transition for Boston Street Lab. Since 2006, we’ve worked on a range of small-scale projects to bring opportunities for culture, community, and learning to public space in downtown Boston. In 2009, we incorporated as a nonprofit and undertook our most significant project to date called the Storefront Library.

In 2011, we’re launching the Uni, a portable, urban reading room and venue for learning. The Uni will be the sole focus of our work going forward, and it will take us to locations beyond our familiar laboratory, downtown Boston.

To look back at where we’ve been over the past five years, please visit To see where we’re headed, stay right here at

When we began work in Boston, the Big Dig was just wrapping up and the area was dominated by a strip of vacant lots and vacant storefronts where the Central Artery once stood. Today, we see food trucks and farmers’ markets, new institutions and installations, and we have a sense that downtown Boston–where the city meets the water–is being renewed as a uniquely walkable, urban community that will anchor Boston’s future.

We’re pleased to have played a small role in encouraging community-oriented development in downtown Boston through our various projects as Boston Street Lab. As we dedicate ourselves to the Uni, we’ve got a new ship, but we’ll be steering the same course that brought us this far.

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!