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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.


Kent Street

25 Kent Street offers a direct connection from the heart of Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood to the East River waterfront, one of several waterfront activation efforts spearheaded by the City. The block will host the first new privately-financed manufacturing space in Brooklyn in over ten years and myriad public-private collaboration opportunities to stimulate the local waterfront economy.

XS Space collaborated with MPFP, a Landscape and Urban Design firm, in order to jointly conceptualize and design the middle-block plaza creating a pedestrian conduit from one of the block to the other, in addition to a several hundred square feet of open plaza space for the mixed-use economy at ground level. The rooftops were conceptualized as a meadowscape, with cutouts in the paving to allow for native perennials to define smaller meeting areas, and a dunescape overlooking the river, with a hearty and resilient seaside planting palette and sweeps of dune-like landforms that further define the space, offering a beautiful and dramatic alternative meeting area to offices and conference rooms.