In 2011, the International Research Training Group 1705 “The World in the City” was established under the auspices of the TU Berlin in conjunction with two universities in Berlin, four New York City universities (including City University of New York) and two Canadian universities to conduct interdisciplinary, internationally-oriented metropolis research.

The workshop “Metropolitan Capitalism, Family, Ethnicity, and Entrepreneurship,” was held in New York City from October 9th to 10th. It was jointly organized by Fordham University and the DFG–the German government’s official Research Foundation’s–New York office. In the opening presentation titled “The Historical Impact of Entrepreneurship on Metropolitan Development,” Professor Owen Gutfreund emphasized the importance of both successful individual and communal assumption of risk in order to enable quantum leaps in metropolitan development. Click here to read more about the workshop.