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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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

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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

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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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Inhabitat Giving Out Awards at BKYLN Designs 2009!

Inhabitat Giving Out Awards at BKYLN Designs 2009!

DRUMROLL PLEASE! New York Design Week is about to begin and we're kicking things off this weekend with our first ever Green Design Awards at BKLYN Designs! Running from May 8-10, this incredible

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BKLYN Designs Begins Next Friday!

BKLYN Designs Begins Next Friday!

Heads up East Coast design junkies! BKLYN Designs, New York's preeminent showcase of locally-sourced green design is kicking off next week from May 8th through the 10th, and Inhabitat will be on

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Inhabitat Shop Green Blogger Contest Extended!

Inhabitat Shop Green Blogger Contest Extended!

Attention all eco-bloggers! We've received a great reception to our Green Blogger Contest and due to popular demand we've decided to extend our contest deadline until this Friday May 1st at

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10 Kid-Friendly Earth Day Activities

10 Kid-Friendly Earth Day Activities

Earth day is an excellent time to reflect upon the present while looking forward to a brighter tomorrow, and what better way to teach kids about the importance of future-forward thinking than by

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Milan Furniture Fair Starts Today!

Milan Furniture Fair Starts Today!

Attention all green design junkies! The 2009 Milan Furniture Fair starts today, and Inhabitat is on the scene to bring you all of the latest and greatest from this year's event. We've assembled

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ANNOUNCING: Our Spring Greening Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING: Our Spring Greening Contest Winners!

DRUMROLL PLEASE... Spring has sprung, the votes have been cast, and we're excited to announce the winners of our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest! We feel fortunate to have such an

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Last Chance to Vote in our Spring Greening Contest!

Last Chance to Vote in our Spring Greening Contest!

SPRING GREENING CLOSES TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT! Our Spring Greening Design Contest closes at midnight tonight, which makes this your LAST CHANCE to cast your vote for your favorite DIY design! As

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Dwell’s Innovate It! Design Competition

Dwell’s Innovate It! Design Competition

Attention all inventors, designers, and fans of efficient industrial design! Our friends at Dwell recently announced the second phase of their Innovate It! contest, which calls upon you to take

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Prickly Porcupine Office Cleared for Construction

Prickly Porcupine Office Cleared for Construction

Passive solar design meets pointillist pincushion in this stunning porcupine-inspired office recently cleared for construction in Prestons, England. Designed by UK-based Moxon Architects, the

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Spring Greening Voting Extended Until Tuesday!

Spring Greening Voting Extended Until Tuesday!

CONTEST EXTENDED UNTIL TUESDAY, APRIL 14th at MIDNIGHT We've received a tremendous response to our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest, and the competition is so close that due to popular

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SPRING GREENING CONTEST – Vote NOW!

SPRING GREENING CONTEST – Vote NOW!

After an exciting week of voting our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest is set to close tomorrow at midnight and the competition is fierce! We asked our contestants asked to clean out their

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Phone Book Coffee Table

Phone Book Coffee Table

When we kicked off our Spring Greening DIY Design Contest we didn't expect our intrepid innovators to take the call literally! We're thoroughly impressed that Rodrigo Jaroseski of Porto Alegre,

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BLOOD POWER? Piezoelectric Nanowires Could Turn Your Body Into a Battery

BLOOD POWER? Piezoelectric Nanowires Could Turn Your Body Into a Battery

We've seen piezoelectric systems that harvest energy from roads, subways, and even umbrellas -- now researchers have announced that they are on the brink of unlocking an energy grid composed of

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SPRING GREENING CONTEST: 4 Days Left to Enter!

SPRING GREENING CONTEST: 4 Days Left to Enter!

Calling all crafty Inhabitat readers! Win $200 in our DIY Spring Greening Contest! Our Spring Greening Contest is running strong after a refreshing weekend of creative submissions, and there's

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Enter Inhabitat’s Spring Greening Contest!

Enter Inhabitat’s Spring Greening Contest!

Looking for a fun DIY project this weekend? Why not participate in Inhabitat's first ever Spring Greening Contest for a shot at fame, fortune, and a $200 gift certificate to the Inhabitat Shop!

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