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Urban Meadow Bklyn

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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.


Urban Meadow Bklyn

Urban Meadow BKLYN

Collaboration with Balmori Associates, The New York City of Parks and Recreation/Greenthumb, The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Dr. Stuart Gaffin
size: 8000 sq feet
Location: downtown Brooklyn, NYC
Date: opened may 2008
Budget: $45,000

Sponsors: Clean Air Communities, Con Edison, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Lily Auchincloss Foundation, American Stevedoring Inc. (ASI), The Independence Community Foundation and the Architectural League

Urban Meadow Bklyn transformed a vacant trash strewn 8,000-square-foot site located on the corner of President and Van Brunt Streets in Downtown Brooklyn, into a meadow with rolling grass hills, a sweeping field of wildflowers, and a grove of dogwood trees. Soil from the Temporary landscape project was brought to the site and re-cycled into the project . Dr. Stuart Gaffin and Greg O’Keefe, both research scientists at the Center for Climate Systems Research at Columbia University, performed research on the site and its contributions to the overall environment, including data on runoff absorbed, carbon emissions offset and amount of air pollutants filtered by this specific footprint. This information appeared on two green panels at the entrance to the site.

Currently the site is the home of the Red Hook Jazz festival, Community Supported Agriculture, Yoga, and other Community events.