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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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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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 Coopers

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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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