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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GREENER GADGETS: Indoor Drying Rack

GREENER GADGETS: Indoor Drying Rack

Amid the flurry of high-tech wonders on display at this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition, Rob Podell's Indoor Drying Rack boldly proved that green gadgets needn't rely upon circuit

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Tweet-a-Watt Wins the Greener Gadgets Design Competition!

Tweet-a-Watt Wins the Greener Gadgets Design Competition!

After an exciting round of live judging last week at the Greener Gadgets Conference, we're thrilled to announce the winners of the 2009 Greener Gadgets Design Competition! Drumroll

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12-Year-Old Whiz Kid Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

12-Year-Old Whiz Kid Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

We're big fans of Buckminster Fuller's legacy of uber-efficient domes here at Inhabitat, so imagine our excitement when we heard that 12-year old whiz kid Max Wallack recently developed a

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Taiwan Breaks Ground on a Trio of Green-Roofed Skyscrapers

Taiwan Breaks Ground on a Trio of Green-Roofed Skyscrapers

Taiwan recently broke ground on a trio of interconnected energy-efficient skyscrapers topped with lush rooftop gardens. Designed by Los Angeles-based NBBJ Architects in collaboration with Fei

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Great Sleep Debate T-Shirt Giveaway at Inhabitots

Great Sleep Debate T-Shirt Giveaway at Inhabitots

Few topics among new parents are as controversial as the issue of getting their kids to sleep, so this week Inhabitots has been engaged in the Great Sleep Debate, and we want to hear your

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LAST CALL: Greener Gadgets Registration Closes Today!

LAST CALL: Greener Gadgets Registration Closes Today!

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER FOR GREENER GADGETS! Calling all Green Gadget Geeks! This is it - today is your last chance to pick up a ticket for this week's Greener Gadgets Conference! Taking

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Jill Fehrenbacher in the New York Times!

Jill Fehrenbacher in the New York Times!

We're thrilled to announce that our very own Jill Fehrenbacher was recently featured in an article by the New York Times! From the upcoming Greener Gadgets Conference to the finer points of

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Squishy Bowls Giveaway at Inhabitots

Squishy Bowls Giveaway at Inhabitots

What's a squishy bowl? Simply the most foldable, stackable, versatile option in on-the-go eatware! Made from food-grade silicone, these brightly hued bowls are unbreakable, compressible, and

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SunCat: Solar Batteries Powered by Sunshine

SunCat: Solar Batteries Powered by Sunshine

Designer and inventor extraordinaire Knut Karlsen recently unveiled an inspired approach to portable power that can't be beat for its elegant simplicity: a prototype battery capable of charging

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Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

As the world's population continues to skyrocket and cities strain under the increased demand for resources, skyscraper farms offer an inspired approach towards creating sustainable vertical

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Objectified Director Gary Hustwit Interviewed by Dwell

Objectified Director Gary Hustwit Interviewed by Dwell

Our good friends at Dwell Magazine recently conducted an excellent interview with director Gary Hustwit (of Helvetica fame) about his upcoming film Objectified. Whether you're an industrial

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2009 Green:Net Conference

2009 Green:Net Conference

Calling All Eco-Savvy Entrepreneurs! We're excited to announce that the 2009 Green:Net conference is currently looking for 10 up-and-coming cleantech companies to showcase in this year's

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BUGPLUG: A Kid-friendly Power Monitor

BUGPLUG: A Kid-friendly Power Monitor

This year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition is heating up, and we're excited to see so many great kid-friendly designs in the mix. One of our favorites is the Bugplug, a quirky little power

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Google Debuts PowerMeter Energy Monitoring Tool

Google Debuts PowerMeter Energy Monitoring Tool

From joule-counting energy jars to twittering power monitors we've got power meters on the brain as of late, what with the upcoming Greener Gadgets Conference and Design Competition. Proving

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Environmental Traffic Light Gives Urban Residents Sixth Sense

Environmental Traffic Light Gives Urban Residents Sixth Sense

Even if your local skyline isn't hazy with smog, there are a number of environmental factors that impact your daily life but fly under the radar of your senses. Seeking to increase awareness and

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Clean Your Indoor Air With Plants!

Clean Your Indoor Air With Plants!

Plants can add a lively dose of levity to any indoor space, but did you know that they can also help you and your family breathe easier? Today Inhabitots explored the healthful benefits of

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Blight: Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn Night to Day

Blight: Illuminating Solar Blinds Turn Night to Day

One of fifty top entries in this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition, Vincent Gerkens' Blight offers a brilliant twist on staid venetian blinds. Rather than serving simply to block the

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Beautiful Bambu Outside-In Bowls

Beautiful Bambu Outside-In Bowls

We're big fans of eco-friendly bamboo kitchenware company Bambu, and we're excited to see that they have recently released a beautiful new line of organic bamboo bowls that are perfect for

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The Recycled Cardboard Computer Case Eliminates E-Waste

The Recycled Cardboard Computer Case Eliminates E-Waste

One of our favorite entries from this year's Greener Gadgets Design Competition is Francesco Biasci's Cardboard Computer Case, which aims to ameliorate the perpetual problem of consumer e-waste.

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Greener Gadgets Competition Designs Revealed!

Greener Gadgets Competition Designs Revealed!

Attention Green Gadget Geeks!Want to see a sneak peek at the future of consumer electronics? After much deliberation we're excited to announce this year's crop of Greener Gadget Design

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Chilean High Rise Wrapped in a Living Green Wall

Chilean High Rise Wrapped in a Living Green Wall

Lately we've seen some incredible projects that make great use of the insulating and air-purifying benefits of green walls. The latest to strike our eye is this clean-lined office surrounded by

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Green Depot Building Supply Opening Next Month in NYC!

Green Depot Building Supply Opening Next Month in NYC!

Attention all green builders, architects, and eco-minded homeowners in NYC! We're excited to announce that Brooklyn-based Green Depot will soon be hitting the Bowery with an extensive green

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Hot Air Balloons Could Power Your House

Hot Air Balloons Could Power Your House

Hot air balloons have long fueled the imagination and now Brisbane-based Solartran has conceived of a way to harness the serene floating forms to generate significant amounts of renewable energy

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Big Savings at InhabitatShop Winter Sale!

Big Savings at InhabitatShop Winter Sale!

ATTENTION INHABITAT SHOPPERS! Now that the holiday season has come and gone the Inhabitat Shop is launching a HUGE winter sale on some of our favorite green designs! We're rolling out 25-50%

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LAST CHANCE: Win a Free Eco T-Shirt for Your Tot!

LAST CHANCE: Win a Free Eco T-Shirt for Your Tot!

Attention all Inhabitants with tots!! Today is your last chance to win an adorable FREE eco-friendly Inhabitat t-shirt for the tot in your life! We're giving away FIVE soft organic cotton

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Wall House: Durable $5000 Home Made from Recycled Paper

Wall House: Durable $5000 Home Made from Recycled Paper

The Wall AG recently unveiled a remarkable prefabricated house that is made from recycled paper and can be built for less than $5000. Constructed from an innovative cellulose-based material, the

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AIRPOD: HEPASilent HEPA Air Purifier at Inhabitots

AIRPOD: HEPASilent HEPA Air Purifier at Inhabitots

Anyone interested in creating a more efficient home knows that sealing and insulating your house should be one of your primary concerns, but the second step is every bit as important - ensuring

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Win a Free Inhabitots Owl T-Shirt for Your Tot!

Win a Free Inhabitots Owl T-Shirt for Your Tot!

Attention all Inhabitants with growing tots! This week Inhabitots is giving away TEN adorable eco-friendly kids tees! To enter, simply sign up for the Inhabitots newsletter and we'll be giving

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Awesome Bergmonch Bike Folds into a Backpack

Awesome Bergmonch Bike Folds into a Backpack

Folding bikes keep getting smaller and more technically advanced, and with Spring and Summer on their way we're excited about the Bergmönch, a bike that can be folded up and worn as a rucksack!

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