Cloaked in its brilliant mantle of brick, fiery terracotta and red sandstone, the University of Pennsylvania Library stands as the mature-period masterwork of Philadelphia's premier Victorian-era architect, Frank Furness. Conceived in consultation with two eminent library theoreticians, the library plan evolved from practical experience with the inadequacies of nineteeth-century library buildings; the result was a modern factory for learning, a machine for the use and storage of books. Furness's rationalized plan, expressed on the exterior as a bold design, was challenged for decades, and anti-Victorian sentiment threatened the edifice with demolition as late as the 1960s. Renewed appreciation has since come full circle, however, culminating in a dramatic interior restoration by the eminent Philadelphia practice, Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. Frank Furness's academic monument thus stands today as a defining architectural landmark of Philadelphia.
Frank Furness (1839-1912) has remained a curiosity to architectural historians and critics, somewhere between an icon and an enigma, whose importance and impact have yet to be properly evaluated or appreciated. To some, his work pushed pattern and proportion to extremes, undermining or forcing together the historic styles he referenced in such eclectic buildings as the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania Library. To others, he was merely a regional mannerist creating an eccentric personal style that had little resonance and modest influence on the future of architecture. By placing Furness in the industrial culture that supported his work, George Thomas finds a cutting-edge revolutionary who launched the beginnings of modern design, played a key part in its evolution, and whose strategies continue to affect the built world. In his sweeping reassessment of Furness as an architect of the machine age, Thomas grounds him in Philadelphia, a city led by engineers, industrialists, and businessmen who commissioned the buildings that extended modern design to Chicago, Glasgow, and Berlin. Thomas examines the multiple facets of Victorian Philadelphia's modernity, looking to its eager embrace of innovations in engineering, transportation, technology, and building, and argues that Furness, working for a particular cohort of clients, played a central role in shaping this context. His analyses of the innovative planning, formal, and structural qualities of Furness's major buildings identifies their designs as initiators of a narrative that leads to such more obviously modern figures as Louis Sullivan, William Price, Frank Lloyd Wright and eventually, the architects of the Bauhaus. Misunderstood and reviled in the traditional architectural centers of New York and Boston, Furness's projects, commissioned by the progressive industrialists of the new machine age, intentionally broke with the historical styles of the past to work in a modern way—from utilizing principles based on logistical planning to incorporating the new materials of the industrial age. Lavishly illustrated, the book includes more than eighty black-and-white and thirty color photographs that highlight the richness of his work and the originality of his design spanning more than forty years.
Success Secrets from the World's Top Business Leaders
Author: Frank Furness
Pubpsher: Hachette UK
Category: Business & Economics
Frank Furness is recognised as one of the world's top motivators, speakers and trainers, helping salespeople, marketers, managers and executives at companies in over 40 countries. In Walking with Tigers, Furness shares valuable lessons he has learned from his decade of observing and working with leaders in large and small businesses, and offers unique insights into what it takes to succeed, both in business and in life. Collecting stories from achievers of all levels and from all over the world, Walking with Tigers explores the key characteristics associated with top performance. Issues of persistence, integrity, confidence, focus, discipline, organisation and more are illuminated through Frank's own experience, as well as tales from those he has worked with. His book will help you plan your own road to success - and, more importantly, achieve dramatic results. Improved sales, higher productivity, bigger profits, a greater sense of fulfilment - Walking with Tigers will show you how all of it is within your grasp.
THERE ARE 22 KEY SALES DOCTOR PRINCIPLES. Here are a few of them ... To be a successful sales professional you do not have to be a born sales person. Professional selling can be learned and learned well. If you believe in what you are doing then you have every right to get really good at helping people to use the service or own the product you are selling. No-one likes being sold to, but everyone likes to buy. Don't just find out what your customers want, find out why they want it. Bob Day AO is a successful businessman, author and entrepreneur who is a Senator for South Australia.
Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright
Author: Naomi Tanabe Uechi
Pubpsher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Evolving Transcendentalism in Literature and Architecture: Frank Furness, Louis Sullivan, and Frank Lloyd Wright demonstrates how American architects read literature and transformed abstract philosophy and literary form into physical substance. Furness, Sullivan, and Wright were inspired by such Transcendentalists as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman, and attempted to embody the concepts of nature, American identity, and Universalism in their architecture. Notably, this book is the first attempt to concentrate on analyzing these architects’ works from the perspective of Transcendentalism. This is also the first time that reproductions of Wright’s copy of Leaves of Grass and several tape records of Wright’s Sunday morning talks, both held in the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, have been published. Importantly, these Transcendentalist architects’ philosophy has been influential in the development of contemporary environmental architects all over the world, including Paolo Soleri (an Italian-American) and Glenn Murcutt (an Australian), both of whom are discussed in the final chapter of this book.