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We’re pleased to announce that the Uni Project will launch a portable, open-air reading room for Boston’s 15-acre linear Greenway park this summer where people can sit, gather, and read great books. Last night, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the Uni was a winner in the first-ever Boston Public Space Invitational competition, sponsored by the city’s Office of New Urban Mechanics.

Thank you to the Uni design team at Höweler + Yoon Architecture. On the ground, we’ll be working with our partners the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the Boston Public Library, and students from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences, who will staff the reading room as volunteers. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will help seed the reading room’s collection, and the reading room will be sponsored by the staffing agency Robert Half.

Here’s a video about the competition and a Boston Globe article. More press here.

Those of you who know our work over time as Boston Street Lab, will recognize this is something of a homecoming. Hello again Boston.

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View our winning entry poster at full size.

Leslie attended last night's Oscar-style announcement of the winners with two long-time board members of the Uni Project, Jared Eigerman and Willard Donham.

Leslie attended last night’s Oscar-style announcement with two long-time board members of the Uni Project, Jared Eigerman and Willard Donham.

Mayor Marty Walsh (l); William Driscoll, President, Robert Half (r)

Leslie holding four PSI sweatshirts with Mayor Marty Walsh (L); William Driscoll, President, Robert Half (R)

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 600 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 www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!