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Architects Take NYC Styles Worldwide; Intra-Building Moves

1) When we pick up this week's hunt, our hunt couple, Kate and Matt, are looking for a place in Harlem large enough to accomodate their two children, dog, and Matt's trumpet playing. They want to stay in Harlem, where they've been renting for a little more than a decade, and Kate takes charge, looking at real estate listings "like guys look at online porn," as Matt puts it. They first find a duplex condo on East 126th Street with a soundproof music studio, but their broker talks them out of it. They then look at a prewar co-op, but don't like the recent renovation. After turning down another place where they don't like the lack of renovation, they find a large duplex co-op (Kate really likes stairs) in Morningside Heights. They buy it, and are excited about the prospect of being able to customize it to their tastes. Relatively painless. [The Hunt/'Room for Children, Dog and Trumpet']

2) Famed architect Robert A.M. Stern has already designed 15 Central Park, so what's left for him to do at this point? Design eight more 15 CPWs in China, obviously. Stern was commissioned for a two million-square-foot residential development in Xiamen, a small coastal city. And he's not the only New York architect bringing his talents abroad. Modernist master Richard Meier does about 80 percent of his work overseas at this point, taking his personal brand of architecture to places like Tel Aviv and Turkey. Still, he admits that there's nowhere like home, saying, "I wish we had a project in New York City, but we don't." [Big Deal/'When It Works in New York, Architects Take It on the Road'; Rendering via Robert A.M. Stern Architects]

3) In recent years, there has apparently been an uptick in people exhibiting brand loyalty—when it's time to move, they simply get a bigger place in the building they already live in. Is it due to the economy (which is to say, people are less willing to take a risk on a property they don't know that much about) or is everybody just too lazy (or smart) to hire a moving company? Or, are these simply cases of Keeping Up With The Joneses via hostile takeover? Read the cases of six such people and decide for yourself. ['The Upstairs, Downstairs, Sideways Move']