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British team wins prize forself-sufficient eco-loo

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Three young British architects have won a $1000 prize in a competition organised by the International Union of Architects (uia) on 'architecture and the eradication of poverty'. Mark Hall, Elaine Harrod and Graham Madigan produced a self-sufficient sanitation unit which requires neither electricity, mains water nor mains drainage. Using easily available materials for local manufacture, it includes rainwater collection, a 'water wall' which can use solar energy to heat water for the shower, a ram pump which uses the water pressure from the header tank to power the shower, and a composting lavatory. The judges said the proposal 'conveys a powerful message about ecology and a decent standard of hygiene applicable world-wide'.

The main prize of $5000 went to Michael Haslam of Germany for a project for a catalyst ecosystem for the Sahel.

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