The Built World Podcast with Tigre Wenrich-CEO, Venture Labs

Today, we are joined by Tigre Wenrich, CEO of Lab Ventures. Lab Ventures is a Miami-based venture capital firm which invests in early stage PropTech companies. In this episode we talk about what is “PropTech”, angel investing, deal flow, building pipeline, real estate CRMs (Customer Relationship Management) and incubating new companies at Lab Venture’s studio. We also learn about some of the companies Lab Ventures has  invested in including:  Lumi House, Expetitle, Beycom, Node and The Build Club

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The Built World podcast with Meg Daly – Founder, The Underline

As Meg Daly confronted two broken arms challenging her mobility, she found herself riding the Metrorail and reflecting on Miami’s lack of pedestrian infrastructure and park space.  Turning to her father and partner, Parker Thomson, they formed a coalition and executed on a plan to fund a $140 million linear park that will span 10 miles, now named The Underline.

In this episode, Daly opens up about the genesis of that project, how she got it funded, and mobilized the community to enhance connectivity in Miami.  We also discuss the powerful role disruption can play in redefining our infrastructure & public spaces.

She challenges us with a call to civic engagement, imploring us to lead movements that will change how we interact with our cities.  Or, as she put it in the interview, “don’t just applaud from the sidelines.”  

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Recommended Readings: February 2022

Recommended Readings: Winter 2022

Below are some of our favorite articles from the last two months which will likely resonate with our readers.

Real Estate

  • The Post-Pandemic Office Should Be a Clubhouse (WSJ)
  • Supply-Chain Issues Leave New Homes Unfinished (WSJ)
  • As Florida home prices spike, middle-class residents wonder if they can afford to stay (Washington Post)
  • All for one, and none for all: Is banning single-family zoning easing the housing crisis? (Boston Globe)
  • Warehouse space is the latest thing to be hoarded (NYT)
  • People Are Going Out Again, but Not to the Office (WSJ)
  • Real-Estate Investors Head South, Bid Up Sunbelt Apartment Buildings (WSJ)
  • Underused Office Buildings Get New Life as Deluxe Apartments (WSJ)
  • Offices Are Leased Up, Thanks to Cash Gifts for Tenants, Months of Free Rent
  • (WSJ)
  • Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Property Exceeds Pre-Pandemic Levels (WSJ)

Urbanism & Mobility

  • Berlin is planning a car-free area larger than Manhattan (Fast Company)
  • Car Fatalities Rose in 2021 at Fastest Clip in Nearly Half a Century (WSJ)
  • Companies are racing to make self-driving cars. But why? (Washington Post)

Entrepreneurship, Management, Leadership & Sales

  • Friday Brunch: Work-From-Home’s Forbidden Pleasure (WSJ)
  • How humble leadership really works (HBR)
  • Creativity may be key to healthy aging. Here are ways to stay inspired (Washington Post)
  • The Off-Site Is the New Return to the Office (WSJ)
  • US to spend $10 Billion to Boost Small Business (WSJ)
  • This CEO Lets His Employees Work Whenever They Want-From Wherever They Want (WSJ)
  • The New Benefits Employers Could Offer to Make You Stay (WSJ)
  • Workers Care More About Flexible Hours Than Remote Work (WSJ)
  • The Mentors Who Helped Ulta Beauty’s Unlikely CEO Succeed (WSJ)


  • Americans Should Pay More for Gas, Not Less (WSJ)
  • Inflation Was Hottest in Atlanta, Mildest in San Francisco in 2021 (WSJ)

Stoicism, Health & Wellness

  • To Get a Better Night’s Sleep, First Fix Your Day (WSJ)
  • How Health and Fitness Trackers Are About to Get a Lot More Granular (WSJ)
  • Thich Nhat Hanh: ‘Father of mindfulness’ Buddhist monk dies aged 95 (BBC)
  • How to choose the best sleeping position, and why it matters (Washington Post)
  • How to Design a Home Gym That You’ll Actually Use (NYT)
  • Antawn Jamison on Tim Duncan’s stoicism: “If it was probably me, I would be an ass**le, talking sh*t as much as possible” (Basketball Network)
  • How to crack the code to happiness in the second half of life (NPR)

The 305 & Etc.

  • Miami is crazy about Honduran food. Here are some local spots you should try (Miami Herald)
  • Neanderthal extinction not caused by brutal wipe out (BBC)
  • Marseille: France’s ‘good natured’ city (BBC)

The Built World podcast with Eulois Cleckley – Director, Miami Dade County Transportation & Public Works

Today, we’re joined by Eulois Cleckley, Director at the Miami Dade County Transportation and Public Works Department. In this episode Eulois joins us at Büro Midtown as we sip tequila and talk about the current supply chain issues, his vintage 1985 chrome Mongoose road bicycle, transportation and zoning in Miami, protected bicycle lanes, BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) and roadie MAMILs (Middle-Aged Men In Lycra). 

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The Built World podcast with Jacqueline Touzet, principal at Touzet Studio

Today, we’re joined by Jacqueline Touzet, principal at Touzet Studio. Recognized by the American Institute of Architects Miami as Firm of the Year in 2021,  Jackie has pursued sustainable solutions that can scale quickly and change how we build in the sub-tropics and along the coasts. She counts on Apple & Nike among her clients. 

In this episode Jackie joins us at Büro South Miami as we sip mojitos with Jackie and learn about her approach to designing resilient, high performance buildings that are future ready for climate change. We talk about everything from microgrids, adaptive reuse, to the end of disposable architecture. 

We also talk about climate change, creating a resiliency fund, housing affordability, zoning, building codes and transportation.

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