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“QUARANTENA” by Robert Scott Gilson (B.Arch 2011)

Project Title: QUARANTENA
Designer: Robert Scott Gilson
Project Description: Quarantine – Human ambition has surpassed the carrying capacity of the Earth. Quarantena facilitates the divorce of man from nature by exploiting the technological gap that divides the human from the natural. Q is a system for the isolation of environmental deviance. Q is a detainment network housing 1500+ detainees that cohabitate in 300 pods. Q floats within the uncertain atmosphere and above a mechanized earth.
Owens Valley – Owens Valley is an artificially enforced wilderness within a 14,000 ft. envelope. Surrounded by the western Sierra Mountain range and the eastern Inyo Mountain range, the valley is the deepest in the United States. To protect the Owens River’s diverted resources on their journey to Los Angeles, National Parks and Wildlife reserves insulate the physical and bureaucratic infrastructure that has literally sucked the valley dry.
Anti-Air – Air or the invisible atmosphere that surrounds us can be activated as a kind of “anti-air.” Twenty four slaughterhouse workers have reported symptoms of extreme numbness and paralysis. Researchers find that brain mist, a microscopic industrial byproduct, can impair human motor functions when inhaled. The atmosphere was first understood to be a weapon at the 1915 battle of Ypres. German troops deployed chlorine gas to poison the environment of their Canadian opponents. Instead of harming human flesh the environment which sustains life was targeted. For German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk the rise of environmental warfare marks a radical departure for the modern mind. “Ventilation is the profound secret of existence.”
Bibliography – The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Points of Interest in the Owens River Valley. Culver City, California. 2004 Sloterdijk, Peter. Interview with Erik Morse. Frieze Magazine. Issue 127, Nov-Dec 2009.


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  11. James Riley Frew
    April 2, 2014

    Hi Robbert, I am very interested in your work (Quarantena).

    Myself, along with 5 other students at RMIT Landscape architecture form the editorial team for Kerb Journal (a student run publication tackling contemporary design narratives spanning disciplines of art, architecture, landscape, design, philosophy, film and relevant research)

    Kerb is in its 22nd Edition, Discussing the thematic of ‘Remoteness’, and we (Editorial team) would love for you to submit your work for featuring in relation to our thematic.

    For more information, and to view our call for submissions, please visit, or feel free to contact us at

    Thank you for your consideration, we hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards, James

  12. Emmanuele Pilia
    July 27, 2014

    Dear Robert Scott Gilson,
    i am an italian pubblisher really interested at your work!
    Please, contact me.
    Kind regards

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This article was written on 25 Feb 2012, and is filled under Alumni Work.