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Sandbag House Wins Humanitarian Award

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Sandbag House Wins Humanitarian Award

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Sandbag House Wins Humanitarian Award

Sandbag House Wins Humanitarian Award

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This week, the Curry Stone Design Prize was awarded to a South African architecture firm that figured out how to make a cheap house with a timber frame and a whole lot of sandbags. The houses are energy efficient and easily assembled, and could replace more hazardous structures in the shantytowns around Cape Town.

South African architect Luyanda Mphahlwa talks with Scott Simon about his prize-winning design.

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