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Pile it high: Singapore's prefab tower revolution

Innovative construction technique has implications for low-cost housing

A module is lifted from a flatbed trailer and hoisted into position. (Photo by Ken Barrett)

SINGAPORE -- Imagine building and fitting out a 40-story residential tower far away from its actual location, and then transporting it to the site in segments where it can be swiftly assembled like a giant Lego kit.

Imagine the lack of construction noise and dust, and the reduced disturbance to the neighborhood.

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