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Università della Svizzera italiana

Conflicts of interest in initial public offerings

Pratobevera, Giuseppe ; Degeorge, François (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO003.

In my thesis I investigate the conflicts of interests between underwriters, issuers, and investors in initial public offerings (IPOs). I provide empirical evidence that conflicts of interest exist, affect the IPO process, and have real monetary costs for IPO issuers. The novel data, methodologies, and identification strategies used in this thesis allow answering questions so far unexplored by...

Università della Svizzera italiana

The ageing society : analyzing the coverage of the population ageing in a Belgian quality newspaper

Torben-Nielsen, Karen ; Russ-Mohl, Stephan (Dir.) ; Suggs, Suzanne (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2016 ; 2016COM010.

This study has examined how the ‘Ageing Society’ -a society with a rapidly ageing population, a growing share of older persons and a decreasing share of younger persons- and its implications for the Belgian population are represented in the Belgian quality newspaper De Standaard (2011-2013). As such, the study delivered first-time Belgian empirical findings about the coverage of the...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Building global and scalable systems with atomic multicast

Benz, Samuel ; Pedone, Fernando (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018INFO003.

The rise of worldwide Internet-scale services demands large distributed systems. Indeed, when handling several millions of users, it is common to operate thousands of servers spread across the globe. Here, replication plays a central role, as it contributes to improve the user experience by hiding failures and by providing acceptable latency. In this thesis, we claim that atomic multicast,...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Relative wage mobility : A new semi-nonparametric estimation method

Naguib, Costanza ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.) ; Gagliardini, Patrick (Codir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2018 ; 2018ECO002.

The study of wage dynamics over time is more insightful than the analysis of point-in- time inequality measures. In policy-making, indeed, low wage careers instead of low- wage jobs should be at the center of the debate on long-term wage inequality. Many previous studies tried to estimate the degree of wage mobility within an economy; however, they rely on some quite restrictive assumptions....

Università della Svizzera italiana

Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi : [SNSF-International Exploratory Workshop, Mendrisio, 10-11 ottobre 2013]

Hildebrand, Sonja ; Bergmann, Elisabeth

Mendrisio : Mendrisio Academy Press, 2015

(ISA, Istituto di storia e teoria dell'arte e dell'architettura)

ISBN: 978-88-3663-265-7

During the last twenty years, the topic of form has become one of the most controversial issues in public and professional discussions about architecture. Ever since the Digital Turn, it has been exacerbated, since computer-aided design makes it possible, rapidly and effortlessly, to create extraordinary and emblematic buildings. These icons are threatening to become banal and often express...

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La “filosofia architettonica” di Frei Otto : i concetti di forma, estetica ed etica e la loro ricezione

Bergmann, Elisabeth

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 77-95

Form(-finding), aesthetics and ethics are key concepts in the philosophy of architect Frei Otto. Several of his ideas currently appear to be experiencing a renaissance. This is especially true for his concept of “form-finding” which frequently features in contemporary architectural discourse – albeit often with one of two common misconceptions: in the first, the term is used, or...

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Le costruzioni in legno dell’IBOIS : forme curvate, intessute, intrecciate: una conversazione con Yves Weinand

Bergmann, Elisabeth

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 113-129

How is it possible today to build with timber in an innovative manner? With appealing aesthetics, a convincing structural concept, and appropriate to the material involved? Architect and civil engineer Yves Weinand runs an office in Belgium and has also since 2004 been the director of IBOIS, the laboratory for timber construction at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He ...

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Within the technical image : an alternative reading of contemporary Swiss-German architecture

Grignolo, Roberta

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 145-157

Università della Svizzera italiana

Towards an expanded concept of form : Gottfried Semper on ancient projectiles

Hildebrand, Sonja

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 131-143

Università della Svizzera italiana

Pensare in piccolo per costruire in grande : teoria, prassi e cultura del modello in scala ridotta nella ricerca della forma strutturale nel 20. secolo

Neri, Gabriele

In: Form-finding, form-shaping, designing architecture : experimental, aesthetical, and ethical approaches to form in recent and postwar architecture = approcci sperimentali, estetici ed etici alla forma in architettura, dal dopoguerra ad oggi, 2015, p. 33-47

For many twentieth-century designers, the reduced-scale model represented an essential device for defining and controlling structural forms — one need only think of the work of Arturo Danusso, Pier Luigi Nervi and Sergio Musmeci in Italy; Eduardo Torroja in Spain; Heinz Isler and Heinz Hossdorf in Switzerland; and Frei Otto in Germany, etc. In addition to technical variations associated with...