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Community Hospital in Nepal

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julie farris

landscape designer

xs space
370 clinton street
brooklyn, new york 11231





Julie Farris lives and works in New York City. A native New Yorker, Julie received her BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Julie’s work focuses on the potential for small forgotten spaces throughout the city to become verdant, sustainable, inexpensive and aesthetic landscapes for urban residents. She has worked at several large firms in New York City, including M. Paul Friedberg and Partners as well as HLW International and Balmori Associates. In 2005, she founded a studio, XS Space LLC, and completed a temporary landscape/multi-media installation entitled Temporary Landscape: A Pasture for Urban Space in the Columbia Waterfront District in Brooklyn. In 2007 she worked in collaboration with Balmori Associates and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to complete an 8,000 square foot public space, Urban Meadow, which is now a permanent park located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2009 she collaborated with an artist and The Public Art Fund to build a temporary landscape installation in Tribeca in Manhattan.  Her work has focused on international projects in Rwanda and Nepal as well as residential landscapes in Long Island and townhouses in New York City.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including Architectural Digest, Landscape Architecture Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, Ladies’ Home Journal , The New York Post and The New York Times.  She is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and is a co-founder of The Big Future Group, a not- for- profit organization that designs and implements sustainable projects in developing countries. She has also recently started a highly curated online sourcebook for outdoor design called Landstylist, and you can link to the site at  Julie resides in Brooklyn with her husband and two children.


Community Hospital in Nepal

This is a three-phase expansion of a Community Hospital in a remote northern province of Nepal, called Achham. Our team, headed by the architecture firm Sharon Davis Design, seeks to radically improve a
run-down medical facility into a prototype for modern, rural healthcare.  The master plan encompasses 14 single-family houses for staff, an 8-unit dorm, as well as new outpatient, emergency, lab, pharmacy, administration, and inpatient buildings. The architecture respects Nepalese construction traditions in terms of materiality, scale, and form. Strategies for sustainable and earthquake- resistant construction are implemented, using methods such as rammed earth, passive heating and cooling, natural ventilation for energy independence, and photovoltaics on south-facing roofs. Incorporation of water storage and wastewater treatment is a critical part of the project, with a network of graywater-irrigated terraces and bioswales, designed to manage erosion and channel runoff from monsoon storms. A landscape design strategy that integrates seating, paths, and planting has been designed by XS Space to offer sustenance to the community, comfort to the patient, and an highly improved visceral quality to the experience of this remote location.

Architect: Sharon Davis Design
Client: Possible Health
Hydrologist: E-Dynamics
Engineer: OSD
Size: 30,000 square feet
Estimated Completion Date: 2017

Renderings by Sharon Davis Design