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The quantitative modelling of human spatial habitabilityA theoretical model for evaluating human spatial habitability (HuSH) in the proposed U.S. Space Station is developed. Optimizing the fitness of the space station environment for human occupancy will help reduce environmental stress due to long-term isolation and confinement in its small habitable volume. The development of tools that operationalize the behavioral bases of spatial volume for visual kinesthetic, and social logic considerations is suggested. This report further calls for systematic scientific investigations of how much real and how much perceived volume people need in order to function normally and with minimal stress in space-based settings. The theoretical model presented in this report can be applied to any size or shape interior, at any scale of consideration, for the Space Station as a whole to an individual enclosure or work station. Using as a point of departure the Isovist model developed by Dr. Michael Benedikt of the U. of Texas, the report suggests that spatial habitability can become as amenable to careful assessment as engineering and life support concerns.
Document ID
Document Type
Contractor Report (CR)
Wise, James A. (Washington Univ. Seattle, WA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 5, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1988
Subject Category
Report/Patent Number
NAS 1.26:177501
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: RTOP 482-52-21-02
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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