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Vietnam architect builds low-cost, high-tech home

Bamboo and coconut leaf house is strengthened by steel struts and wall panels

Longan, Vietnam

VO Van Duong's bamboo and coconut leaf house looks much like others deep in Vietnam's Mekong Delta. But unlike them, his seemingly simple abode is designed to withstand typhoons, flooding and earthquakes - and at a cost of less than US$4,000, could herald a new wave of