Article re-posted from July 23, 2014
I decided to make a concept for my take on early space long-term travel. So far most concepts I come across follow the traditional sci-fi point of view of clear, smooth, slick-designed interiors similar to those seen in Star Trek. My point is not to knock those designs, but I wanted to take a new route which I feel focuses more on human nature and which environments earth-born humans would be able to tolerate for longer periods of time, as they travel through the dark voids of space.
I wanted to take a conceptual route which enhances some of modern-day technologies which are already created to enhance our life.
For starters, I felt interior-habitats would be a big thing as they bring people together, allow them to socialize and provide a central ‘living space’ to all aboard a starship. Our current worlds ‘OceanDome‘ is a great example that people are already creating indoor-environments for such purposes.
The obvious development we can anticipate is that these kinds of massive indoor-environments will not only serve as holiday-resorts, but perhaps fuse with ‘malls’ to provide maximum social entertainment for people who aren’t living in a real-world natural equivalent.
It’s only natural that such developments would be used in star-ship design, as earth-born people will have similar needs, and until ‘holodeck’ technology comes into existence, massive interior habitats will become crucial areas in spacecraft, similar to how ‘Central Park’ serves as a central place of nature and relaxation in New York.
Another modern-day development that is going to become increasingly popular as its quality improves, and production-costs decrease, is ‘fake-window-screens’:
As life continues to urbanize, and the world is populated with ever-more humans, we can’t all have amazing views, and most of us will be confined towards living in tight apartment complexes. In order to improve our psyche and sense of happiness, lighting technologies, as well as these types of living-space improving technologies will continue to develop, and will naturally find their way in space-craft home-design.
We are increasingly conscious that things like lighting/smell/environment/view/and anything that naturally draws our senses is of enormous effect on our mental state. Imagine living in a constant state of darkness; how suicidal would you get? I therefore feel, and would love to see in sci-fi productions, designs more catered towards exploring different options to counter natural depressions that would occur.
That’s it from my take, now what I’d really like to know is if you agree with my statements, and if you have any further ideas / concepts / theories.