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Building skyscrapers at record speed

This photo taken on January 17, 2011 from the Jin Mao Tower in the financial district of Pudong shows a view of Shanghai real estate. One building in China was recently built in just two weeks.

Call it a "Pop Up Skyscraper." A 30-story hotel project was erected in China in just two weeks.

How do you do this? And another clear and present question is, could this really be safe?

Here to talk with us is John Quale, of the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

According to him, the building was mostly built in parts off site, then brought to the location pieced together quickly. And while it isn't likely to happen quite so quickly here in the U.S., there is a growing demand for such modular buildings -- which also have environmental benefits.

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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