Flugspitali

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The regional airport situated near Reykjavik’s city center is the source of one of Iceland’s most heated political debates.  Evenly divided, nearly half of the country’s population depends upon the airport for commuter use, while the rest regard its location as a noise pollutant taking up valuable land preventing grow of the city’s center.  More important however, is the dependence by those residing outside of the city on the airport for transport to the country’s only hospital suitable for emergency care. 

This proposal advocates for repositioning these conflicting views as potential opportunities which allow for moderate development of the site to meet the city’s need to grow while also constructing a hybrid hospital, airport, and resort building used not only to serve the needs of the people, but also to spur medical tourism as a model for benign and sustainable economic growth in a country struggling to recover from recent economic collapse.