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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The Biodegradable Grass Cell Phone

The Biodegradable Grass Cell Phone

Hay may be for horses, but it makes a pretty great mobile phone material as well. Appearing for all the world like a brick of sod outfitted with a keypad, Je-Hyun Kim's Natural Year Phone

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Motorola Unveils The World’s First Carbon Neutral Cellphone

Motorola Unveils The World’s First Carbon Neutral Cellphone

Green innovations are taking center stage at this year's CES, with many big name companies embracing sustainable design. Motorola is doing their part to tackle the massive problem of consumer

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10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY BY GOING GREEN

10 WAYS TO SAVE MONEY BY GOING GREEN

Most people want to 'go green' and do the right thing - however there is a persisting stereotype out there that 'going green' costs more money. Contrary to popular belief, living a sustainable

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Milan’s Stunning Green Super City

Milan’s Stunning Green Super City

Milano Santa Monica is a lush green super city that is scheduled to sprout up just outside of Milan. Envisioned as a stacked series of high-rises overflowing with flowering terraces, the

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INHABITAT 2009 EDITOR’S PROJECTIONS

INHABITAT 2009 EDITOR’S PROJECTIONS

Part of the fun of following future-forward design is tracking the trends of each year and seeing how they inform future developments. With this in mind, we'd like to cast our projections for

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WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?

WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?

The new year is a time to look towards the future while reflecting upon the past, and we love how the cherished tradition of making resolutions can focus the present towards a brighter tomorrow.

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INHABITAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2009

INHABITAT NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2009

HAPPY NEW YEAR! The ball has dropped, the confetti has cleared, and today we embark upon a brand new year! As Barack Obama takes office and a whole new political era begins, it is clear that

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INHABITAT EDITORS’ FAVORITE STORIES OF 2008

INHABITAT EDITORS’ FAVORITE STORIES OF 2008

We've brought you the most popular stories of 2008, and you voted on your favorites. Now we'd like to highlight some more under-the-radar Inhabitat stories from 2008 that you may have missed -

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INHABITAT READERS’ TOP STORIES OF 2008

INHABITAT READERS’ TOP STORIES OF 2008

DRUMROLL PLEASE ... Here at Inhabitat we feel lucky to have such a dedicated and enthusiastic reader base, so when we revealed Inhabitat's Top 10 Most Popular Green Design Stories of 2008

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TOP TEN GREEN ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS OF 2008

TOP TEN GREEN ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS OF 2008

As the holiday season winds to close we're counting down the days to the new year with a look at some of Inhabitat's most exciting stories of 2008! It's been an outstanding year in green

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VOTE FOR THE BEST ECO GINGERBREAD HOUSE

VOTE FOR THE BEST ECO GINGERBREAD HOUSE

This year we've been floored by the eco gingerbread-building madness that is engulfing the green design circles. We've been so thoroughly impressed with the wealth of architecturally-inspired

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Christmas Tree Recycling Ideas at Inhabitots

Christmas Tree Recycling Ideas at Inhabitots

We love the holidays for their wealth of wonderful traditions and decor designed to spread cheer, however we can't help but feel sorry for all of those living christmas trees that are abandoned

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Eco CNC Xmas Tree at Inhabitots

Eco CNC Xmas Tree at Inhabitots

Every year it's a bit heartbreaking to see all those clear-cut christmas trees lining city streets, and evergreen plastic alternatives are hardly eco-friendly. Imagine our excitement when we ran

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Dubai Outdoes Itself With a Universe of Islands

Dubai Outdoes Itself With a Universe of Islands

If we ever harbored the sentiment that Dubai's dubious construction blitz would slow in times of economic unrest, the astronomical scale of the UAE's latest project will surely dispel these

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ANNOUNCING: The Inhabitat Shop!

ANNOUNCING: The Inhabitat Shop!

Drumroll please... in keeping with the gift-giving spirit of the holidays, we're excited to announce the official opening of the Inhabitat Shop! We've spent the past months assembling a stellar

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ANNOUNCING: The 2009 Greener Gadgets Design Competition!

ANNOUNCING: The 2009 Greener Gadgets Design Competition!

Calling all designers, inventors, and green gadget geeks! The 2009 Greener Gadgets Conference is shaping up to be an incredible event, and we're excited to announce the details of next year's

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BKLYN DESIGNS 2009: Call for Entries!

BKLYN DESIGNS 2009: Call for Entries!

Save the date NY Design Fans! BKLYN Designs will be kicking off its annual exhibition of exquisite locally-sourced design May 8-10, 2009. Now in its 7th year running, the event will feature an

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Core77′s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Core77′s Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for the perfect holiday present for the design aficionado in your life? Core 77 just launched their annual gift guide: 77 Design Gifts Under $77. From repurposed toilet plunger lamps to

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San Francisco Considers Nation’s First Congestion Pricing Plan

San Francisco Considers Nation’s First Congestion Pricing Plan

Today San Francisco's Board of Supervisors is meeting to review plans that would combat congested roadways by instituting the United States' first traffic toll. A congestion pricing plan would

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GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Him

GREEN GIFT GUIDE: For Him

Yesterday we launched our massive Green Holiday Gift Guide, and today we'd like to shine the spotlight on some great green gifts for men. If you're searching for some inspired sustainable gift

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s Green Holiday Gift Guide!

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s Green Holiday Gift Guide!

Drumroll please! Today is the first day of December, and you know what that means! The gift-giving season is kicking off and Inhabitat is here to help green your holidays with our GREEN HOLIDAY

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China’s Spiraling Shanghai Tower Breaks Ground

China’s Spiraling Shanghai Tower Breaks Ground

Recently Gensler broke ground on a soaring sustainably-built skyscraper that is set to become the tallest tower in China. The slender, elegantly spiraling Shanghai Tower will rise 632 meters,

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Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2′s Custom-Built Pro-Planet Bags

Timbuk2 built its base among the bike messenger set, where their bags are revered for their tough-as-nails construction, cycle-friendly ergonomics, and and on-the-go ease of use. We're excited

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Kid Kustoms Stroller Converts into a Trike for Inhabitots

Kid Kustoms Stroller Converts into a Trike for Inhabitots

Kids grow up quickly, which often leaves parents scurrying to find storage space for outgrown cradles, high chairs, and other children's items. This chic convertible stroller by Kid Kustoms runs

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Rent a Living Xmas Tree to Replant in San Francisco

Rent a Living Xmas Tree to Replant in San Francisco

San Francisco residents looking to deck their halls with green holiday decor will be excited to hear that for a limited time the SF Environment Department is teaming up with Friends of the Urban

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ANNOUNCING… Greener Gadgets 2009

ANNOUNCING… Greener Gadgets 2009

Attention all eco inventors, green design visionaries, and gadget geeks! We're excited to announce Greener Gadgets 2009! Registration is now open for the return of this provocative conference,

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Hand-powered Penguin Eco-Light

Hand-powered Penguin Eco-Light

Perfect for emergency preparedness and cute to boot, this adorable penguin eco flashlight would make an excellent addition to any home. The bright light eschews a landfill-bound battery for a

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Can the Blade Exhaust Filter Green your Ride?

Can the Blade Exhaust Filter Green your Ride?

What if a single inexpensive upgrade could significantly cut your car's emissions while simultaneously increasing its fuel efficiency? That's the enticing concept behind the Blade, a chromed-out

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The Floating Aerohotel: A Modern Aquatecture Marvel

The Floating Aerohotel: A Modern Aquatecture Marvel

As fears of global warming induced population displacement are steadily realized, the allure of waterborne aquatecture becomes more and more enticing. Designed by Alexander Asadov, this

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