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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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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Strida 5.0 SX Limited Folding Bicycle

Strida 5.0 SX Limited Folding Bicycle

The Strida 5.0 series of slick folding bikes are revered as some of the most sturdy, lightweight, and compact cycles in their class, with everyone from urban cyclists and eco-geeks to

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PIMP MY ECO-RIDE CONTEST: Win a Strida Folding Bike!

PIMP MY ECO-RIDE CONTEST: Win a Strida Folding Bike!

WIN A $950 STRIDA FOLDING BIKE! As the weather gets warmer we're looking forward to spending plenty of sun-soaked days outdoors - and what better way to take full advantage of the beautiful

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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER INHABITOTS ECO-CUTEY CONTEST!

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER INHABITOTS ECO-CUTEY CONTEST!

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO ENTER THE ECO CUTEY COMPETITION! Creating a more sustainable future starts with today's tots, which is why Inhabitots is currently running an adorable Eco-Cutey

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Solar Powered Machine Spins Furniture Shaped by Sunlight

Solar Powered Machine Spins Furniture Shaped by Sunlight

Austrian designers mischer'traxler have created a solar powered machine that makes an incredible array of furnishings that vary based on how much sunlight it receives over the course of a day.

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Solar Powered Bus Shelter Unveiled in San Francisco

Solar Powered Bus Shelter Unveiled in San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom recently unveiled the first of 1,100 solar powered bus shelters that will be installed throughout the city between now and 2013. Crowned with a rolling red crest

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Michelle Kaufmann Designs Folds Under Terrible Economy

Michelle Kaufmann Designs Folds Under Terrible Economy

It is with great sadness that we recently learned of the closing of Michelle Kaufmann Designs, one of our favorite green architecture practices and close friends to Inhabitat. The groundbreaking

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Guardian Climate Change Summit 2009

Guardian Climate Change Summit 2009

In the midst of the current global economic crisis, many businesses stand to lose sight of sustainability goals as they focus upon the meeting the bottom line and keeping their staff in

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Stunning Stamen Chandeliers Made From Toothpicks

Stunning Stamen Chandeliers Made From Toothpicks

Designed by Daisuke Hiraiwa, these elegant echidna-esque Stamen chandeliers elevate an everyday material into brilliant expressions of found design. Each one is created by gluing hundreds of

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Comfy Chair Made From Reclaimed Playground Slide

Comfy Chair Made From Reclaimed Playground Slide

Designed by Evan Dublin, this brightly-hued slide chair is sure to give any room a brilliant pop of color. A slick example of found design, the chair is crafted from a deconstructed playground

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World’s Tiniest Car Made From a Children’s Ride

World’s Tiniest Car Made From a Children’s Ride

We keep on saying that smaller, more efficient vehicles are the way of the future, but we never thought we'd see one this tiny! In a bid to create the world's smallest car, Perry Watkins of the

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Inhabitat Reports from ICFF 2009!

Inhabitat Reports from ICFF 2009!

This weekend team Inhabitat took the International Contemporary Furniture Fair by storm, seeking out the freshest green designs amid this year's crop of over 2,500 exhibitors. From sleek and

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Seedbomb Plant Capsules Combat Desertification

Seedbomb Plant Capsules Combat Desertification

Doomsday devices they are not - these seed-sowing plant bombs are one design team's weapon of choice in the fight against global desertification. Consisting of a biodegradable shell loaded with

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Create a Virtual Room in Comcast Town and Win a Real Remodel!

Create a Virtual Room in Comcast Town and Win a Real Remodel!

Have a vision for your dream apartment? Great - Comcast recently rolled Comcast Town, a blue-sky space to live out your wildest interior design dreams! It's a bit like Google Sketchup, except

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Ecosystems Bada Table Transforms into a Loveseat

Ecosystems Bada Table Transforms into a Loveseat

Whether you're an advocate of low-footprint living or a space-restricted city dweller looking to get the most milage out of your dining room, Ecosystems' brand new transforming Bada table may be

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Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Awards @ BKLYN Designs

Inhabitat Editors’ Choice Awards @ BKLYN Designs

DRUMROLL PLEASE... We are excited to announce the Inhabitat Editor's Choice Awards for BKLYN Designs 2009! As we walked through the BKLYN Designs show this year we were thrilled to see fresh

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