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Lecture by Sheryl Bishop & Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger on Space Psychology & Habitat Design

December 8, 2020 @ 16:00 18:00 UTC+2

In the frame of the Module Emerging Fields in Architecture (*), VUT Vienna
Sandra and Sheryl give insights into the combined fields of space architecture and space psychology addressing the gap between existing habitat design and needs posed by living and working in ICE environments, especially long duration habitation in space. The book with the same title is being published by Springer by the end of 2020.

Human factors and habitability are important topics for working and living spaces. For space exploration, they are vital for mission success. ‘Habitability’ and human factors will become even more important determinants for the design of future long-term and commercial spacecraft as larger and more diverse groups occupy off-earth habitats. The ‘risk of an incompatible vehicle or habitat design’ has been identified by NASA as a recognized key risk to human health and performance in space. The book provides an overview of the historic advancements of manned space craft, as well as highlighting various current and future concepts of ‘habitability’ and their translation into design.

Sandra Häuplik-Meusburger, PhD, is an architect with a research focus on Habitability in Extreme Environments. She is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Architecture and Design at the University of Technology in Vienna. Sandra holds a PhD in architecture from the Technical University Munich and a MSc from Vienna University of Technology. She is Vice-chair of the Space Architecture Technical Committee (SATC) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and has worked and collaborated on several aerospace design projects. Sandra has published several scientific papers and is author of the book ‘Architecture for Astronauts’ (Springer, 2011) and ‘Space Architecture Education for Engineers and Architects’ (Springer, 2016).

Sheryl L. Bishop, PhD, is a social psychologist who has applied her skills widely over her career. A professor emeritus at the University of Texas Medical Branch, she has taught in all four schools – Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences as well as served as faculty for the International Space University, Strasbourg, France. As an internationally recognized behavioral researcher in extreme environments for the last 30 years, Dr. Bishop has investigated human performance and group dynamics in teams in extreme, unusual environments including space. She has routinely presented her research at numerous scientific conferences, has over 60 publications (including contribution to NASA’s Historical Series on Psychology in Space) and over 50 scholarly presentations in both the medical and psychological fields.

The Module ‚Emerging Fields in Architecture` imparts knowledge about the latest research, design and development in research disciplines beyond mainstream architectural topics. In this module we encourage discussion and ideas that go radically beyond the traditional way of thinking. Our goal is to trigger a process of re-thinking and finding solutions to design challenges using an interdisciplinary approach. For the winterterm 2020, we will look for and trace the topic of ‘essentials’ from various angles throughout the module.