Mike Chino

 

Mike is an editor and writer based in San Francisco. He left sunny UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in French and Modern literature and delved into publishing through a stint at ReadyMade Magazine. Inspired by the impact that forward thinking can have on the present, he has cultivated a voracious appetite for developments in architecture, design, and technology. Mike likes to bike, blog, and build things, and in his spare time he also cooks, makes music, and rocks out.

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A Better World by Design Conference Kicks Off This Weekend!

A Better World by Design Conference Kicks Off This Weekend!

Heads up green designers, entrepreneurs, and forward thinkers from all disciplines! This weekend sustainability luminaries from around the world are convening in in Providence, Rhode Island for

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SonUmbra Solar Powered Tree Lights up the Night

SonUmbra Solar Powered Tree Lights up the Night

As advancements in lighting technology unveil fresh materials, we're thrilled to see designers exploring new ways to light up the night. SonUmbra is a solar-powered tree composed of strands of

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Win a Free West Coast Green Tradeshow Pass!

Win a Free West Coast Green Tradeshow Pass!

Heads up all readers in the San Francisco Bay Area! West Coast Green is just one week away, and we're giving away free tradeshow floor passes to 20 lucky readers! These passes are your gateway

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Inhabitat New York Launch Party is TOMORROW!

Inhabitat New York Launch Party is TOMORROW!

Hey New York Inhabitat Readers! We're having our official Inhabitat NYC launch party tomorrow night, and for all our readers who RSVP'd we hope to see you there! We'll be celebrating the

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Bicycle Diaries: David Byrne Bikes the World’s Cities

Bicycle Diaries: David Byrne Bikes the World’s Cities

For most people, bicycles represent a means of transportation, a fun activity, or even objects of affection. For David Byrne they're much more - they offer a unique opportunity to experience the

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PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

PARK(ing) Day 2009 Transforms Parking Spaces Into Public Parks

Park(ing) Day! Parking space invasion day! The day to roll out some sod, fire up the barbeque, and set out in the street like it's your front porch. If you didn't hear about it from us, from the

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Stunning Victorian Renovation Showcases Decades of SF History

Stunning Victorian Renovation Showcases Decades of SF History

One of our favorite projects from last weekend's AIA Home Tours was a stunning historic victorian that was constructed in San Francisco's Cole Valley in 1896, weathered the trippy 60's and 70's,

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West Coast Green 2009 is Two Weeks Away!

West Coast Green 2009 is Two Weeks Away!

Heads up all Bay Area green building buffs - West Coast Green 2009 is just two week's away, and tickets are selling fast! Taking place from October 1-3 at San Francisco's Fort Mason Center, this

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150mph Electric Motorcycle Smashes World Speed Record

150mph Electric Motorcycle Smashes World Speed Record

Mission Motors' emission-free superbike recently shattered the world land speed record for electric motorcycles as it clocked in a series of scorching 150mph runs at Utah's Bonneville Salt

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PARK(ing) Day 2009 is This Friday!

PARK(ing) Day 2009 is This Friday!

This Friday impromptu public parks will be springing up around the world for PARK(ing) Day 2009! Created by San Francisco art collective REBAR, this one-day celebration of public space

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urbanSHED: Design a Better Sidewalk Shed and Win $10,000!

urbanSHED: Design a Better Sidewalk Shed and Win $10,000!

Heads up all engineers, architects, and designers in NYC! The urbanSHED design competition is looking for a better sidewalk shed, and they're giving away $25,000 in prizes plus the chance to

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Green Your Back to School Routine

Green Your Back to School Routine

This week marks the beginning of the school year for students everywhere, and for those looking to start their studies along a sustainable path, Inhabitat is here to help you green your academic

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ECO LANDS: SF’s Outside Lands Festival Grows a Green Heart

ECO LANDS: SF’s Outside Lands Festival Grows a Green Heart

This past weekend the Outside Lands festival rocked San Francisco, drawing thousands of people to bask in the sunshine and music that filled Golden Gate Park. Greening an event as massive as a

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Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Today!

Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Today!

Bay Area architecture fans get ready to rock - today marks the start of the 2009 Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking forward to an entire month packed full of fun events, and our

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Copenhagen Design Week 2009 Kicks into Gear!

Copenhagen Design Week 2009 Kicks into Gear!

Fans of fine Scandinavian design rejoice - Copenhagen Design Week is currently taking Denmark by storm and Inhabitat is on the scene to bring you all of the freshest designs and most exciting

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Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Next Week!

Architecture and the City Festival 2009 Starts Next Week!

Heads up all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! Next week marks the start of the 2009 Architecture and the City Festival, and this year they're pulling out all the stops with another

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Showcase Your Front Lawn Veggie Garden in Edible Estates

Showcase Your Front Lawn Veggie Garden in Edible Estates

Head's up green thumbs and urban gardeners across the states! Do you have an extraordinary edible garden project that you're dying to share with the world? Well now's your chance because Fritz

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Bike Capsule Shields Cyclists From Stormy Weather

Bike Capsule Shields Cyclists From Stormy Weather

Bicycles are our favorite form of transportation during the breezy summer months, but the stormy season is right around the corner and everyone knows that riding a bike through the rain is the

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Urban Sprawl Repair Kit Offers Simple Plans to Fix Suburbia

Urban Sprawl Repair Kit Offers Simple Plans to Fix Suburbia

The suburban landscape consists largely of endless expanses of paved parking lots pocked with strip malls, gas stations, chain restaurants, and McMansions. Rather than razing these structures

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ANNOUNCING: The Winners of the ReBurbia Competition!

ANNOUNCING: The Winners of the ReBurbia Competition!

DRUMROLL PLEASE! After much heated debate and a dramatic week of online voting, we're thrilled to announce the winners of the Reburbia competition to redesign the suburbs! We received hundreds

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ReBurbia Favorite Notable Mentions

ReBurbia Favorite Notable Mentions

With voting on our top 20 ReBurbia finalists set to close in less than 8 hours, we'd like to take a moment to pause and consider some of incredible submissions that didn't quite make the list.

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Mobile Mecha-Towers Take Suburbia by Storm

Mobile Mecha-Towers Take Suburbia by Storm

While several of the finalists in our ReBurbia design competition tended towards the surreal, a few futuristic entries took an approach that was downright dystopian. In Radial Erect-Urbia

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SEED Awards Recycled From Submission Shipping Materials

SEED Awards Recycled From Submission Shipping Materials

This year the Atlanta chapter of AIGA received a record number of entries for their annual SEED Awards, and rather than discarding all those submission shipping materials they decided to

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AIRBIA: Awesome Suburban Airships Take Flight

AIRBIA: Awesome Suburban Airships Take Flight

What's lighter than air, soars through the sky, and stands to save our suburbs by breaking the shackles of car culture? The answer is Airbia, an incredible fleet of high-flying airships that

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Solar Forest Charging System for Parking Lots

Solar Forest Charging System for Parking Lots

Although electric vehicle use is on the rise, we're certainly not out of the woods yet in terms of providing them with a steady supply of clean energy - that's why designer Neville Mars has

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Greenest County Fair on Earth Boasts Solar Powered Carousel

Greenest County Fair on Earth Boasts Solar Powered Carousel

Few events capture the sun-soaked glory of summer better than a county fair, and when the whirling lights and sounds are powered by clean green energy, what's not to love? Sponsored in part by

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SOLAR SPEEDSTER: UC Berkeley’s Gold Rush Racer

SOLAR SPEEDSTER: UC Berkeley’s Gold Rush Racer

Engineering students at UC Berkeley recently showcased a slick solar race car clad in photovoltaic panels that looks for all the world like UFO hovering a few feet over the earth. Dubbed the

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ANNOUNCING: Our Pimp My Eco-Ride Winner!

ANNOUNCING: Our Pimp My Eco-Ride Winner!

DRUMROLL PLEASE...AND NOW THE ANNOUNCEMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR..ERIKA has been selected as the winner of our Pimp my Eco Ride Contest We received so many awesome entries to our Pimp

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LAST CALL: Pimp my Eco-Ride Contest Closes Tonight!

LAST CALL: Pimp my Eco-Ride Contest Closes Tonight!

PIMP MY ECO-RIDE CONTEST CLOSES TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT! Heads-up all eco-enthusiasts looking for a slick new summer ride! Our Pimp my Eco-Ride Contest is closing tonight at midnight, which makes

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Pimp My Eco-Ride Contest DEADLINE EXTENDED!

Pimp My Eco-Ride Contest DEADLINE EXTENDED!

THERE IS STILL TIME TO WIN A FREE BIKE WORTH $950! We've extended the deadline for our Pimp My Eco Ride contest to Wednesday, June 24th at midnight, which means that there's still time to

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