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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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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Life Preservers for Polar Bears On Sinking Arctic Ice

Life Preservers for Polar Bears On Sinking Arctic Ice

As the climate crisis mounts and Arctic icebergs slip away, polar bears are suffering starvation, population declines, and drowning as they must swim further and further to find food. Seeking to

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Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Generating Energy

Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Generating Energy

Recently St. Lucie County in Florida announced that it has teamed up with Geoplasma to develop the United States' first plasma gasification plant. The plant will use super-hot 10,000 degree

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ANNOUNCING: Our Green Halloween Contest Winners

ANNOUNCING: Our Green Halloween Contest Winners

Drumroll please.....The results of this year's Green Halloween Costume Contest are in! We couldn't be more pleased with the craft and creativity showcased by your Green Halloween submissions, so

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ANARA TOWER: Dubai’s Titanic Turbine-Shaped Superstructure

ANARA TOWER: Dubai’s Titanic Turbine-Shaped Superstructure

It seems that hardly a week passes before Dubai's prospective skyline is updated with plans for yet another soaring skyscraper or incredible development. The latest world-class superstructure to

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The Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane

The Solar Powered COM-BAT Spy Plane

In this season of specters and spooks, what could be scarier than a steel-winged robotic spy plane shaped like a bat? The aptly named COM-BATis a six-inch surveillance device that is powered by

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Ausra Unveils California’s First Solar Thermal Plant in 20 Years

Ausra Unveils California’s First Solar Thermal Plant in 20 Years

California's first solar thermal plant in 20 years recently launched in Bakersfield, helping to usher the golden state into a new era of renewable energy. Designed by Ausra, the Kimberlina solar

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New Solar Material Captures Entire Spectrum of the Rainbow

New Solar Material Captures Entire Spectrum of the Rainbow

Scientists at the Ohio State Institute for Materials Research recently announced that they have developed a new hyper-efficient solar material that is able to capture light from every spectrum

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Energy Seed Lamp Powered by Recycled Batteries

Energy Seed Lamp Powered by Recycled Batteries

Although consumer electronics are tending towards rechargeable batteries these days, those ubiquitous alkaline disposables continue to present an environmental problem. Now Sungwoo Park and

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Jumeira Gardens: A Super-City Within Dubai

Jumeira Gardens: A Super-City Within Dubai

As the inexorable juggernaut of Dubai‘s construction boom wears on amid a turbulent economic era, the city recently unveiled an incredible new development that is intended to cement its

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Innovative Bike Racks Unveiled in NYC

Innovative Bike Racks Unveiled in NYC

Recently a fresh crop of innovative bike racks sprung up at Astor Place in New York, and Core77 was on the scene to document the affair with some great photos! The 10 racks on display were

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The First LEED Platinum Skyscraper Nearly Completed

The First LEED Platinum Skyscraper Nearly Completed

After four years of construction the world's most sustainable skyscraper is nearly completed! Situated at One Bryant park in Midtown Manhattan, the crystalline structure will be the first

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WEST COAST GREEN 2008: Highlights from the Show

WEST COAST GREEN 2008: Highlights from the Show

This past weekend Silicon Valley erupted in a fantastic celebration of sustainable design as green building experts from all disciplines converged in San Jose for West Coast Green. From

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SG Blocks Container House Debuts at West Coast Green

SG Blocks Container House Debuts at West Coast Green

West Coast Green kicked off this morning and we're excited to reveal this year's stunning show house: the SG Blocks Harbinger prefab! Composed of five recycled shipping containers, the home

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The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

The New Green California Academy of Sciences Unveiled!

After nearly a decade in the making, Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences is set to open this week - and Inhabitat recently took a sneak peak inside the incredible new institution! A

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ANNOUNCING: Our West Coast Green Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING: Our West Coast Green Contest Winners!

With West Coast Green right around the corner we're excited to announce the winners of last week's conference pass giveaway! With over 380 exhibitors and an extensive lineup of speakers, this

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Vote for Inhabitat as a Top 10 Most Influental Design Blog!

Vote for Inhabitat as a Top 10 Most Influental Design Blog!

Inhabitat was recently nominated by Home Rejuvenation as one of the top 10 most influential design blogs! This year's contest covers an excellent assortment of established and up-and-coming

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WEST COAST GREEN CONTEST: Win Free Conference Passes!

WEST COAST GREEN CONTEST: Win Free Conference Passes!

WIN A FREE PASS TO WEST COAST GREEN! The last weekend of September is right around the corner, which can only mean one thing - we're gearing up for West Coast Green, the nation's largest green

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Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Kawasaki Reveals The Fastest Bullet Train in Japan

Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. recently announced that it is developing the country’s fastest high speed train! Named the “Environmentally Friendly Super Express

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GDiapers: World’s First Flushable Diaper on Inhabitots

GDiapers: World’s First Flushable Diaper on Inhabitots

Consider the fact that disposable diapers make up the third-largest consumer item dumped in landfills and take 500 years to decompose. Clearly there is a environmental problem waiting to be

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POWER PACK: The World’s First Portable Fuel Cell Charger

POWER PACK: The World’s First Portable Fuel Cell Charger

photo by Martin Lamonica/CNET News Medis Technologies recently revealed working units of the 24-7 Power Pack, the world’s first portable fuel cell charger. The pint-sized powerhouse uses

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ANNOUNCEMENT: SF Living: Home Tours This Weekend!

ANNOUNCEMENT: SF Living: Home Tours This Weekend!

This weekend some of the most stunning residences in San Francisco will be opening their doors for the sixth annual Living: Home Tours! Hosted by AIA SF as part of the Architecture and the City

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