Mackenzie Keast
Mackenzie is a Partner with Distl, and provides urban design and planning expertise. Hailing from BC, Mackenzie came to Toronto to help build a better cities here and around the globe.
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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 for...

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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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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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The Brilliance of The New Rotterdam Market Hall

You may have come across 'markthal', a stunning work of architecture unveiled in Rotterdam this year. Its understated outward shell, consisting of 228 apartment buildings, wraps around a massive courtyard forming a modern arcade. This is where the magic is unveiled - the courtyard is a marketplace, housing over 100 fresh food stalls and food vendors. The concave walls are adorned from floor to arched ceiling with vibrant murals with food-related themes. Markthal...

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What’s Going on With Toronto’s South Core Neighbourhood?

Perhaps nowhere in Toronto is the city's massive building boom more visible than in the South Core. Erupting from literally “south of the downtown core”, the South Core neighbourhood has become a symbol of Toronto’s city-building prowess, and is poised to become an internationally sought-after business destination. But it wasn't long ago that the South Core was little more than parking lots. How did the neighbourhood emerge, and where is it...

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Meet Natasha – Our Fall Intern

We're happy to introduce Natasha, a University of Waterloo student who joined us this week as our Fall intern. Natasha will be working alongside us on a number of ongoing projects, and will also complete a self-directed project for December. Learn more about your Natasha and what she brings to the team in our interview below. What is your background? I am a 3rd year student at the University of Waterloo currently pursuing...

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Fort York Visitor Centre Connects Toronto’s Past to its Future

On September 19, Toronto’s Fort York Visitor Centre opens to the public for the first time. The Centre, located just west of the main grounds of Fort York, will offer 23,000 square feet of interpretive displays, programming, and interactive exhibits. Beyond its role as a cultural hub for an important part of the area’s history, the Fort York Visitor Centre bridges several layers of the city’s past and projects Toronto’s...

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