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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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 status

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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 Train" (efSET), the

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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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Solar Updraft Towers to Generate Food and Energy

Solar Updraft Towers to Generate Food and Energy

A new breed of solar tower may soon be sprouting up in Namibia, providing the nation with a carbon-free source of electricity and food during the day and night. At one and a half kilometers tall

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San Francisco Announces 10 Million Gallon Biodiesel Plant!

San Francisco Announces 10 Million Gallon Biodiesel Plant!

Hot on the heels of San Francisco's recent celebration of locally-sourced Slow Food, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced a new plan to provide the city by the bay with a local source for sustainable

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Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!

Chicken Manure to power 90,000 Homes in the Netherlands!

Here at Inhabitat we love to see innovative reuses for organic waste, and so we're perpetually fascinated by the potential of poo to be used as a renewable source of energy. Last week Dutch

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ANNOUNCING: West Coast Green 2008!

ANNOUNCING: West Coast Green 2008!

Later this month Silicon Valley will be opening its doors to West Coast Green, the nation's premier exposition of sustainable building, business, and design. Taking place from September 25-27th

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Slow Food Nation Comes to San Francisco!

Slow Food Nation Comes to San Francisco!

There are few experiences closer to foodie heaven than the stunning table set by this year's Slow Food Nation. Hosted in collaboration with the 2008 Architecture and the City Festival, the event

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Top 5 Eco-Friendly Back to School Bags

Top 5 Eco-Friendly Back to School Bags

As summer ends and classes begin, students around the world are starting to gear up for the long haul ahead. A sturdy backpack or satchel is an essential, and although the most eco-friendly

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ANNOUNCING: The 2008 Architecture and the City Festival!

ANNOUNCING: The 2008 Architecture and the City Festival!

Attention all Bay Area architecture aficionados! This September AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design will be presenting the fifth annual Architecture and the City Festival.

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70ºN Arkitektur’s Mobile XBO Prefab

70ºN Arkitektur’s Mobile XBO Prefab

The allure of prefab living resides somewhere between its packed-and-parceled, ready-to-go nature, and its scaled-down simplicity. Fully realizing both of these aspects, 70ºN Arkitektur's XO

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Top 5 Picks for Green Back to School Gear

Top 5 Picks for Green Back to School Gear

As the days grow shorter and summertime slips into September, our thoughts naturally turn towards the start of school and preparations for an eco-friendly education. Balancing books and supplies

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Yves Béhar’s Recyclable Y Water Bottles

Yves Béhar’s Recyclable Y Water Bottles

Product packaging has borne some serious brunt as of late, with bottled water being lambasted left and right as a a needless contributor to landfills. Taking this into account, everyone's

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Lotus Announces the Flex-Fuel Omnivore Engine!

Lotus Announces the Flex-Fuel Omnivore Engine!

Luxury auto powerhouse Lotus recently announced plans to develop a new kind of engine that will be able to run on virtually any type of fuel. Aptly named the OMNIVORE, the innovative engine will

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Asphalt Power: Unlocking 4 Million Miles of Solar Energy

Asphalt Power: Unlocking 4 Million Miles of Solar Energy

Anyone who's taken a barefooted tryst across a paved parking lot knows that blacktop can reach sweltering temperatures when exposed to the summer sun. Now researchers at the Worcester

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Ackert Architecture’s Monier Residence

Ackert Architecture’s Monier Residence

Kimberly Ackert designed this beautiful off-the-grid residence for the "Monier Design Competition" in Australia. Nestled amid idyllic green environs in Perth, the warm wooden structure features

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