On June 20, for the first Forefront roundtable of the year, we were joined by Doug Saunders, author of Arrival City, which inspired the German Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and this year’s Forefront program theme, and Max Hadler, Senior Health Advocacy Manager for the New York Immigration Coalition.

Central to the discussion was what makes a successful arrival city; how design and the built environment empowers, or hinders, immigrant communities; and what immigrant communities across the city need in order to achieve affordable housing, access to economic markets, and agency in both the private and public spheres.