Lots of laughs with Anthony as we talk about the state of the real estate market, and how he started and became the CEO and Chairman of Integra Realty Resources, the largest independent appraisal company in North America. We cover everything from what’s going on in new construction, macroeconomic conditions, and if/when real estate prices are ever going to calm down. Anthony is a wealth of information and we had a blast learning from him.
Last month a few of my favorite things came together. Two months ago we launched a new fitness brand called CinderFit. I’ve always been a big believer of daily exercise. Because of our shared passion for working out and sarcastic trash talking, my now business partner and I, unknowingly stumbled upon an extraordinary opportunity to design a fitness product based on our experience working out with cinder blocks during the Covid-19 quarantine.
Before I inadvertently became a fitness entrepreneur, I co-founded Gridics, a technology company that developed zoning software which is used by cities, developers and commercial real estate brokers throughout the US. I have always loved cities, great urbanism and real estate and a few of my passions thankfully collided several weeks ago.
Last month, Mayor Francis Suarez announced our CinderFit product launch during a community workout at The Underline. About fifty Miami fitness professionals and entrepreneurs came together to sweat it out with the mayor. Mr. Suarez also exercises daily and we share the same belief that physical health leads to mental health. Not only is Miami considered to be the healthiest city in the US according to Mindbody, but it is also one of the most entrepreneurial cities in the US as well. Yeah, we’re doing a lot of really cool shit in our wonderfully crazy and diverse city. The 305 is pretty awesome.
We are the healthiest City in America and believe that physical health leads to mental health, and it has all kinds of benefits for ourselves, our children, the way we work and our productivity.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez
For those not familiar with The Underline, Meg Daly is the visionary behind one of the most transformative public space projects in Miami. The underutilized land below Miami’s MetroRail is currently being transformed into a 13-mile linear park from Brickell to Dadeland and is quickly becoming the greatest outdoor urban space in Miami.
Getting our CinderFittness on with Mayor Suarez…
Our CinderFit blocks have officially become local Miami celebrities since appearing on Deco Drive….
And check out this workout we hosted on Muscle Beach during the IHRSA fitness conference which was held for the first time on Miami Beach…
Today we are joined by Juan Mullerat and we find ourselves sipping a Spanish tempranillo with Juan and talking about New Urbanism and creating cities with a sense of place. Juan hails from Barcelona and brings a European perspective of urban design to the US. In this episode we talk about urbanism in Charlotte, NC, Greenville, SC and Miami, FL. We also talk about his work as an urban designer in China, the Middle East and Latin America. We discuss the importance of designing “complete streets” and the impact that street design has on commerce and human behavior. We also dive into affordable housing, minimum parking requirements, master planning cities and the Cuban Alps of the Carolinas.
Design can be a powerful vehicle for societal betterment. In this episode, Bernard Zyscovich takes us through his storied career in architecture, from designing a dentist office focused on the experience of young children, to the El Dorado International Airport in Bogota. Zyscovich explains his client-centered approach to improve people’s lives through architecture.
In this conversation Zyscovich explains the design rationale for his “Plan Z” bike path, a mission to reclaim & transform now moribund space along the Rickenbacker Causeway to Key Biscayne, into a transformational vision to deliver Miami’s largest waterfront park; all while enhancing safety for cyclists, drivers & residents. We also dig into how Zyscovich’s background in psychology & political activism grounded his design practice.
As a placemaker, Zyscovich offers us insight into the sobering challenges to create spaces for everyone,but his hopeful outlook is that designers can offer “a little something for everyone.”