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 Mini-E Hits the Streets of New York!

The Mini-E Hits the Streets of New York!

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently announced that BMW‘s hotly anticipated Mini-E will soon be hitting the streets of NYC! This April BMW will loan the city ten fully-electric Mini

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Sweden’s Sweeping Green Roofed Hillside City

Sweden’s Sweeping Green Roofed Hillside City

Nestled beneath an undulating series of rolling green roofs, Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects New Heden project transforms a vacant city block is a self-contained sustainable city interspersed with

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OMA Plans Massive North Sea Wind Farm to Power Europe

OMA Plans Massive North Sea Wind Farm to Power Europe

This week Rem Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture announced plans for an incredible array of oceanic wind farms that may one day produce as much energy as the Persian Gulf. Dubbed

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GREENER GADGETS DEADLINE EXTENDED – ENTER NOW!

GREENER GADGETS DEADLINE EXTENDED – ENTER NOW!

GREENER GADGETS DEADLINE IS NOW SUNDAY! Due to popular demand this year's Greener Gadgets Design competition deadline has been extended until midnight on Sunday January 17th! That means you

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Make A Sweater From Your Pet’s Fur!

Make A Sweater From Your Pet’s Fur!

Love your cuddly pet so much that you want him around your body 24-7? If you're a pet owner who loves to dress your dogs and cats up in adorable little outfits, prepare for role reversal, and

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Awesome Aeolus Airship Sets Sail for Greener Horizons

Awesome Aeolus Airship Sets Sail for Greener Horizons

Amidst the current rapacious progression of planes, trains, and automobiles there's something singularly beautiful about this elegant floating Aeolus Airship designed by Christopher Ottersbach.

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LAST CHANCE to vote Inhabitat in Weblogs Awards!

LAST CHANCE to vote Inhabitat in Weblogs Awards!

VOTING CLOSES AT 5PM TODAY! The 2008 Weblog Awards close at 5pm today, and Inhabitat is in the final stretch! We've been nominated for a Best Blog Design award but the competition is fierce and

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Greener Gadgets Panel TODAY at CES

Greener Gadgets Panel TODAY at CES

The world's biggest trade show, the Consumer Electronics Show kicked off this week in Las Vegas, and this year the CEA (Consumer Electronics Association) has joined forces with Greener Gadgets

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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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