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Hillary Brown

Hillary Brown, FAIA (Fellow of the American Institute of Architecture) is Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York’s (CCNY/CUNY) Spitzer School of Architecture. She is the Program Director of CCNY’s interdisciplinary master’s program, Sustainability in the Urban Environment, developed with the Grove School of Engineering and CCNY’s Division of Science. Hillary serves on the Board of Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment under the National Academies’ National Research Council. She is a Fellow with the Post Carbon Institute. She has served on the National and NY Board of Directors of the U.S. Green Building Council. Founded in 2001, Brown’s consulting firm, New Civic Works, has engaged public and institutional clients in greening facility and infrastructure capital programs. As a former design director and Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, Hillary Brown founded New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design in 1996. Hillary received her M. Arch at the Yale University School of Architecture and her B.A. at Oberlin College. A 1999 Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, she was a 2001 Robert Bosch Public Policy Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin.

Resiliency and Regeneration of the Pannonian Region of Hungary: Towards a Circular Economy in Kőszeg

The notion of small towns as potential catalysts for sustainable and resilient rural development is the premise of this study, undertaken as a pilot concept for the town of Kőszeg, Hungary. American and Hungarian graduate students helped undertake an interdisciplinary inventory of Kőszeg’s natural, historic, infrastructural, and commercial resources. The objective is to assess how Kőszeg, as one example in the Pannonian region, can revitalize its both its economy and environmental hinterland synergistically, based upon attaining a high level of integration and sharing across its multidimensional resources. The model being developed explores the opportunities, costs and benefits of “circularizing” its economy.