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Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing

Urban manufacturing is back. We have the insights.   Around the world manufacturers are making their way back into cities, with niche producers in smaller-than-ever workshops producing sophisticated goods for sale around the globe. Driven by urban population growth, mobile young people, and a trend towards boutique products, urban manufacturers are capitalizing on rising demand and fuelling...

Distl shoots the NXT City Prize TV spot

On May 15, the 2015 NXT City Prize Presented by Oxford Properties will have its first TV spot appear on screens across Canada. Thanks to our partnership with Bell Media, we'll be airing on TSN, MTV, Much Music, Comedy Network, and CTV from May to August. We drop the full ad in the next couple of weeks and will share it with you here.  In the meantime, watch www.nxtcityprize.com for...

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Make This City: The State of Urban Manufacturing

Urban manufacturing is back. We have the insights.   Around the world manufacturers are making their way back into cities, with niche producers in smaller-than-ever workshops producing sophisticated goods for sale around the globe. Driven by urban population growth, mobile young people, and a trend towards boutique products, urban manufacturers are capitalizing on rising demand and fuelling the re-imagination of a weathered industry into the 21st century.   Download Distl's free report...

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Game of the Name- Huh? Developers are Now Branding Our Neighbourhoods?

After reading how a local developer had imparted the name “Lower East Side” to a stretch of east-end Queen street here in Toronto, I quickly realized that more and more the naming and branding of the City’s neighbourhoods has fallen into the hands of the real-estate developers and the snazzy creative agencies hired to provide a desirable context for their projects (interestingly, this is not a new phenomenon. Developers named...

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Made in… this City- The Resurgence of Urban Manufacturing

To mark the first of a quarterly series of insights from the team here at Distl, we offer you a glimpse of things to come as we examine urban manufacturing- from companies like Shinola in Detroit breathing new life into their city to Copenhagen Made, formed to showcase Danish manufacturing prowess. We look at  how its resurgence is impacting our cities and our neighbourhoods. Be sure to check back mid-January...

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The Laneway Project on Space and Event Videos

Space Channel's Teddy Wilson spoke with Distl's Mackenzie Keast and Michelle Senayah about The Laneway Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Distl that helps to reimagine Toronto's laneways. Watch the full segment below:   We've also compiled all the video's from The Laneway Project's summit on laneways - "Engaging In-Between Spaces" which was held on November 20 at the Great Hall.  

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Fast Cities: How Proximity and Speed Increases Our Productivity

A few days ago my friend and blogger extraordinaire Brandon Donnelly wrote about how people in big cities walk faster. It would seem obvious for anyone who has come from a smaller town to a city like Toronto, or vice versa, that people in the big cities have a faster pace - and now data is backing that up. But it made me think - why? I don't have a scientific...

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Success for Toronto’s First Summit on Laneways

On November 20, The Laneway Project, a non-profit organization co-founded by Distl that is dedicated to laneway revitalization across the city, hosted Toronto's first-ever laneway summit. "Engaging In-Between Spaces" brought together over 350 community members, industry leaders, and laneway proponents to learn, share, and discuss Toronto's current efforts to improve and enhance it's laneways. Moderated by CBC's Mary Wiens, the event featured five panellists with diverse backgrounds - each working in...

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Add this to your gift list: Hand-drawn map of King & Spadina

Halloween is barely behind us, but tinsel now lines every storefront – a reminder that holiday shoppers will soon take over every square inch of our shops. Before you brave the aisles, Distl has the perfect gift for the urbanist in your life. (And you can order it online.) Distl Neighbourhood Map Series – N• 01 King & Spadina To celebrate our city of neighbourhoods, we're teaming up with local artists to capture the creative energy of Toronto's most vibrant...

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Join Us For Toronto’s First Summit On Laneways

ENGAGING IN-BETWEEN SPACES Toronto's First Summit on Laneways Thursday, Nov 20 2014 6:00pm - 10:00 pm The Great Hall | 1087 Queen St W [maxbutton id="1"] Spaces are filling up fast for Engaging In-Between Spaces, an event hosted by our newly co-founded organization, The Laneway Project. Join us for a lively discussion on the future of over 250 km of laneways in our city. Moderated by CBC’s Mary Weins, 5...

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Call for Board Members: 2015 NXT City Prize

Help us shape the future of Toronto's public space. In 2014, NXT CITY PRIZE attracted over 120 ideas to improve public space. The winner received $5,000 in prize money and access to $10,000 in implementation funding to to help turn their idea into a reality. We can make next year even better. We're looking for outgoing, motivated and highly passionate individuals to be part of the 2015 NXT City Prize Advisory...

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