Jasna Hadzic

Born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but having spent most of her adult life in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.A.; Jasna Hadzic has been greatly influenced by both cultures, most specifically in terms of architecture, planning, and design. The transition of living in a small European pedestrian-oriented city to a large and vehicle-oriented American city greatly influenced her interest in the field of planning. She came to appreciate the vibrant, culturally diverse and faster-pace of life, while also looking toward her native city as a paradigm of sustainable living with traditional architecture, multi-modal transportation systems, and pedestrian-friendly spaces and streets. A recent Master’s graduate in Community and Regional Planning and G.I.S from Iowa State University, Jasna’s Thesis focused on the analysis of the built environment and demographic factors that influence physical activity, while examining street connectivity and infrastructure. In addition, Jasna holds a B.E.D. in Environmental Design, with a minor in Urban Studies, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. Her most recent work experience as a Planning Research Assistant at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, as well as volunteer work with the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity has exposed her to new city projects, as well as community engagement. Her career goal is to not only work directly on sustainable urban design projects, but to also ensure equitable and sustainable planning practices.

Farewell From Jasna Hadzic and Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Jasna Hadzic

Cities are a topic which have been studied, discussed, and written about for decades by notable figures such as Le Corbusier, Ebenezer Howard and Lewis Mumford; and is one that will likely be examined and written about... Read article

The Many Bridges of Minneapolis, Minnesota & Their Inherent Significance

by Jasna Hadzic

A well-known fact is one of Minneapolis, Minnesota’s birthplaces of origin, situated at the Saint Anthony Falls on the mighty Mississippi River. This historical place is also the site of the Stone Arch Bridge, built in 1... Read article

Open Streets Comes to Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Jasna Hadzic

Despite the extreme winter weather, Minneapolis, Minnesota has become nationally recognized as a walk-friendly community, earning a gold level designation. The Walk Friendly Communities (WFC) program encourages cities an... Read article

Building America’s ‘Most Livable City:’ Saint Paul, Minnesota On the Move

by Jasna Hadzic

Building ‘the Most Livable City in America’ is a goal the city of Saint Paul, Minnesota has set out to achieve. As the quieter, yet more historically charming twin of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Saint Paul has kept under the... Read article

All is Abuzz as Minneapolis, Minnesota Becomes the #1 Foodie Scene

by Jasna Hadzic

In recent years Minneapolis, Minnesota has become nationally recognized as the next big thing when it comes to the food scene. Even more so, with the recent onset of organic products and the local food movement, the Twin... Read article

Measuring the Impact of a Bike–Sharing System

by Jasna Hadzic

The Bike-Sharing program has become increasingly popular over the last few years, as even the city of New York has joined the ranks of many other cities with its launch of Citi Bikes. It was, however, the city of Minneap... Read article

The Revival of the Streetcar System in Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Jasna Hadzic

Long before mass produced automobiles paved the way for interstates, the streetcar system was the dominant mode of transportation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In an effort to revive this old mode of public transportation, ... Read article

City of Parks: The Inherent Importance of Park Land Preservation and Planning

by Jasna Hadzic

The Trust for Public Land Park Score index ranked the “City of Lakes” Minneapolis, Minnesota as the #1 Park System in the Nation, with New York, NY coming in second. The city’s park system scored high in every category, ... Read article

Impact of Sports Facilities: Unveiling the New $975 million Football Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota

by Jasna Hadzic

On May 13, 2013, the schematic design for the new Vikings Football Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota was unveiled to the public. The total project cost of this 65,000 seat stadium is set at $975 million, with $498 millio... Read article

Successful Public Space: The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in Minnesota Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

by Jasna Hadzic

“Great public spaces are where celebrations are held, social and economic exchanges take place, friends run into each other, and cultures mix. They are the “front porches” of our public institutions – libraries, field ho... Read article

Book Review of "Rubble: Unearthing the History of Demolition" by Jeff Byles

by Jasna Hadzic

With the rise of the 2013 Residential Demolition Program in Detroit, Michigan, or as termed by Jeff Byles, “demolition central,” the question and significance of historically significant demolition projects is increasing... Read article

Addressing Food Security in Urban Settings: Twin Cities, Minnesota

by Jasna Hadzic

With the continuing onset of urbanization, urban poverty continues to grow and so does the importance of food security. The subsequent response to this emerging problem has been the emergence of community gardening and l... Read article

Rethinking Design for Social Housing to Make Better Communities

by Jasna Hadzic

Different models of public housing have been planned and constructed over the years, ranging from Le Corbusier’s inspired super-blocks to less dense low-rises. Often, the less dense form of housing has been designed with... Read article