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Temporary Landscape: a Pasture for an Urban Space

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Modern Brooklyn Garden


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.


Temporary Landscape: a Pasture for an Urban Space

Temporary Landscape: a Pasture for an Urban Space, was a temporary, transportable, and recyclable landscape on a privately owned vacant lot in downtown Brooklyn, NY. By transforming a vacant lot into a pastoral landscape, Temporary Landscape sought to evoke a sense of rural open space with projections of large moving images of cows grazing, and wide open meadows and farmland, with rolling hills and all enclosed by a split rail fence on a busy urban corner site.


Project by Julie Farris, XS Space/Cinematographer Shane Sigler for Bruce Weber/Projection New City Video and Staging/Fencing by James Caruso Precision Fencing/Landscape Installed by Chelsea Garden Center/Curated by Jim Osman/Site owned by Bobbi Vaugn

Sponsored by NYSCA, The Independence Community Foundation, LMCC