Daniel Urban Kiley Lecture: Julie Bargmann, “Modesty”

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The GSD’s Spring 2021 Public Programs are all virtual and require registration.

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Event Description

Toxic Beauty.  Troubled Allure. Fallow Fairness.  Not Vacant, Open. Not Abandoned, Changing.

D.I.R.T. cultivates a perverse attraction and an unapologetic approach to wrecked landscapes.

Not Restorative, Regenerative.

The work holds back.  It doesn’t make everything perfectly okay.  The work listens. It hears them above trying to make sense, below the ground producing heritage.  The work hurts.  It flips preconceptions of stuck minds.  The work is messy.  It’s all about finding.  The work emerges.

It doesn’t descend.  The work leaves.  It lets you in.

Modesty is a Manifesto calling for restraint when we don’t know what’s next.

Screenshot from a virtual event. Julie Bargmann, who wears a black-and-white shirt and black glasses, appears in a small square on the right. A larger rectangle shows her PowerPoint presentation, which shows a photo of snow on a stony landscape. Julie and the PowerPoint are surrounded by a green background.

Screenshot from a virtual event. Anita Berrizbeitia and Julie Bargmann appear in two separate rectangles side-by-side. They are surrounded by a green background.


Julie Bargmann, MLA ’87, is internationally recognized as an innovative designer in building regenerative landscapes. She founded D.I.R.T. studio in 1992 to research, design and build projects with passion and rigor. Born and raised in New Jersey, where from an early age the belching factories and monumental landfills attracted her, Julie is a straight-talker, not afraid to provoke in order to tease out what matters most about places, especially the post-industrial. Her background in sculpture influences the use of simple form that emerges from sites’ existing, unearthed and unlikely material for design. Julie’s frank, hands-on design approach informs her role as Professor at the University of Virginia, where she leads investigations with students into derelict terrain, imagining renewed sites of cultural and ecological production.

Julie earned a fine arts degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She received the American Academy in Rome Fellowship and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s National Design Award. D.I.R.T. projects have gained several Honor Awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, and Detroit’s Core City Park garnered the October 2020 cover story in Landscape Architecture.

How to Join

Register to attend the lecture here. Once you have registered, you will be provided with a link to join the lecture via Zoom. This link will also be emailed to you.

The event will also be live streamed to the GSD’s YouTube page. Only viewers who are attending the lecture via Zoom will be able to submit questions for the Q+A. If you would like to submit questions for the speakers in advance of the event, please click here.

Live captioning will be provided during this event. A transcript will be available roughly two weeks after the event, upon request.

Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].