The physical frame of planning
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This chapter looks into how the physical frame of the local landscape has affected the growth and planning of the city of Reykjavík, Iceland. It begins with a brief explanation of the special nature and culture of Iceland and then looks in more detail into the physical framework for planning in Reykjavík. Iceland is very sparsely populated compared to other European countries but it enjoys an abundant array of natural resources. The maps of superficial deposits constructed between 1995 and 2000 give specific and detailed information. Agricultural land, such as in the Laugardalur valley, was kept intact while the city grew all around. The wetlands stayed unbuilt upon for decades - until the technology needed to build in the deepest, wettest soils had developed and become economically viable. These areas are now in a prime location, close to the city centre; but the city has long since leapfrogged them and grown along the hillocks ever-further inland.