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Publications in Scientific Journals:

A. Mahdavi:
"Steps to a General Theory of Habitability ";
Human Ecology Review (HER), 5 (1998), 1; 23 - 30.



English abstract:
A theoretical babsis is presented for a unified discussion of the sustainability and habitability of the built environment. This theory is inspired by concepts in human ecology, information theory and thermodynamics. It suggests, in a first approximation, to subsume the quality of the built environment in view of provision of comfort, flexibility, control, and informational quality as a "Habitability Index", which is assumed to inversely correspond to the entropy increase (in the relevant environmental system) attributable to the building activity.

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