Sunday Routine: Redesign for Living

(The New York Times) Vishaan Chakrabarti, 47, has been a force in New York real estate for decades, working as director of the Manhattan office for the Department of City Planning and later as a senior executive at the Related Companies. Now he is the Marc Holliday associate professor of real estate development and the director of CURE, the Center for Urban Real Estate, at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is also a partner at SHoP Architects, and recently published his first book, “A Country of Cities: A Manifesto for an Urban America.” Despite his many hats, Mr. Chakrabarti finds time on Sundays to work with his wife, Maria Alataris, also an architect, on renovations for their home near Union Square and to relax with their 5-year-old daughter, Avia, and 11-year-old son, Evan. The family lives on the top floor of a co-op on West 17th Street and was recently joined by a Havanese puppy, Hero.