India appear to be copying China's predilection for, well, copying iconic architecture from around the world. The Indian city of Mysore will see a record-breaking clock tower that has a remarkable resemblance to London’s Big Ben constructed next year. “Clock towers symbolize perfection, discipline, and the way we do our work," Ramadas Kamath, executive vice president at Infosys, the company behind the proposal, told the BBC. Based on Infosys’ plans for its clock tower in Mysore, Kamath, it seems, is paying a big compliment to the neo-gothic work from Augustus Pugin who created the Westminster clock tower. Known by pretty much everyone as “Big Ben” (which is actually the name of the ringing bell, not the clock or tower), Infosys' proposed design appears to take much inspirations from Pugin’s work. At a glance, the two structures look almost identical. Only upon closer inspection do they begin to bare any differences, as can be seen with the intricate detailing on the tower’s shaft. Regardless of the similarities with its Western counterparts, the Mysore clock tower will be unique in one respect: size. Soaring to 443 feet, it will trump “Old Joe” in Birmingham, U.K., by 82 feet. In doing so, it would become the tallest free standing clock tower in the world. Big Ben will pushed down to third in the pecking order, standing at 316 feet, followed by the Campanile Tower at UC Berkeley rising to 307 feet. The tallest clock tower in the world, albeit not free standing, is the King Al Ahli on in Saudi Arabia. Construction is set to take around 20 months, with much of the tower being prefabricated in the adjacent state of Tamil Nadu.
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Tonight and Friday at 7 pm Murder, Love, and Insanity: Stanford White and the Gilded Age will be broadcast live from the top of the old New York Life Building at ArtOnAir.org. The building, also known as the Clock Tower, was designed by White in 1897 and provided plenty of grist for Peter McCabe, the show's producer and writer. McCabe has his own show on the website and began pondering the idea about a year ago. A grant from the Jerome Foundation made the six week project a reality. Directed by Damien Gray in the style of a 1940s radio program, the show plays before a live audience. Tickets are free, but reservations are required as the building also houses courtrooms and various city agencies, security is tight. Still, taking the trip to the top of the tower is worth the extra effort. The semicircle elevator banks and clock tower become de facto props that don't upstage Gian Marco lo Forto's opulence-on-a-budget set design. Having a pair of Tiffany glass windows serve as a backdrop certainly doesn't hurt. McCabe's fascination with White didn't start with his gig at the clock tower. He had a dorm in NYU's Judson Hall (White, 1892) and his great grandfather commissioned White to build Blair Mansion in Maryland. The play takes a Rashomon approach with five episodes telling the story from different vantages, with thematic shifts that range from fetishistic notions of beauty to building Madison Square Garden. The symmetry of the play's structure might remind one of White's own use of symmetry, but McCabe said that a good play like a good building, masks the structure, unless where it doesn't, for effect. But here the playwright was more focused on ornamentation that festoons the structure. "They had a very grand ornate view of things, including their language," said McCabe "It was ostentatious and so were the buildings." The radio format, with its carnivalesque stylings allow McCabe to drop some of the baroque speech, making it easier on the contemporary ear. Some dialog will no doubt sound extremely familiar to architects, regardless of the time period: