College of Letters and Science | Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture
Hometown: Brownsville, TX
Dr. Ledesma is an assistant professor in the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The corpus of her research, teaching, and mentoring focuses on understanding the development of the smart, green, and just 21st century city, in particularly the cultural landscapes of immigrant populations, micro-economies, and their development of a new understanding of city place.
“Inclusion and Place: Planning and Design for the 21st Century American City” explores the role that amenities and environments of choice have in redefining the 21st century landscape of Latino communities in American cities. The talk presents a series of research projects conducted on the U.S.-Mexico border that explore issues of local economic development, bottom-up approaches to planning and design intervention, and the role of place attachment within Latino vendor markets.