What are the recent influences on the physical construction of human habitat systems in Antarctica?
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Human survival in Antarctica is intertwined with the ability to get shelter from the elements. History has also shown that these “Human Habitat Systems” (HHS’s) have changed over time. The Unique geo political system in Antarctica has given rise to agreement’s and associated obligations for anyone that wishes to be active in the continent. The agreement of consideration in construction of HHS’s is “The Protocol On Environmental Protection” (1998). This agreement underlies the other factors which have influenced construction of HHS’s since 1998. Physical conditions in Antarctica continue to impact on style of construction. The positioning of the building and height at the actual site are given consideration. So to have the insulating fire resistant properties of the HHS. Thick walls with insulating and fire retardant panels enclose an interior that is largely geared for the scientific endeavor particular to the HHS. None the less the scientific program must bow to the logistics of transport to and construction in Antarctica. In this respect prefabrication and size constraints have had an impact. The recent constructions are seen to be generally constructed with a minimum 25 year life. And the individuals that live within HHS’s have conditions that are approaching “normality” when compared to conditions outside Antarctica. With individual well being having an influence on design. However the exteriors of the constructions show less flare, and this reflects the dominance of the functionality of the HHS in Antarctica.
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