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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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

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Metabolix Grows Bioplastics in Switchgrass

Metabolix Grows Bioplastics in Switchgrass

Bioplastics are becoming a burgeoning industry as the cost of oil climbs and the disastrous nature of petroleum-based plastics is revealed in full effect. This past Monday Metabolix announced an

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Eco Ego Environmental Game

Eco Ego Environmental Game

Although we should all strive to make environmentally sound choices, sometimes it can be hard to envision the immediate impact of our actions. This quirky Eco Ego game presents an accessible -

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DesignLAB’s Stunning IFAW Headquarters

DesignLAB’s Stunning IFAW Headquarters

DesignLAB's recently completed headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare goes far beyond integrating into its environment to actually ameliorate a contaminated brownfield site,

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TRANS TUES: The Wind-Powered Ventomobile Racer

TRANS TUES: The Wind-Powered Ventomobile Racer

You've likely heard of cars powered by electricity, hydrogen, and even solar energy; how about a vehicle powered entirely by the wind? Students at Stuttgart University recently perfected a

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LAST CALL: Project H Will Fund a Lifestraw for Mumbai for $25

LAST CALL: Project H Will Fund a Lifestraw for Mumbai for $25

Building off the success of the Lifestraw Personal water filtration device, Vestergaard Frandsen's new Lifestraw Family system provides 15,000 liters of clean drinking water to one household.

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ECOTOTS KIDS FURNITURE: Inhabitots exclusive interview

ECOTOTS KIDS FURNITURE: Inhabitots exclusive interview

Smart, sustainable, and super cute only begins to describe these stylish eco kids furniture designs by Indianapolis-based ecotots. We're excited to announce that our baby and kids site

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IKEA Solar Panels on the Horizon

IKEA Solar Panels on the Horizon

Ubiquitous big-box colossus IKEA has shown some great green developments lately, from flat-pack bike trailers to eco-friendly lines of housewares. Now the patent purveyor of all things flat-pack

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STRANDBEEST: Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Sculptures

STRANDBEEST: Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Sculptures

It's not every day that you run across an entirely new strain of life, which is exactly what Dutch kinetic sculptor Theo Jansen has created. His Strandbeests are wondrous wind-powered automatons

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Unpacking the prefabs at MOMA!

PREFAB FRIDAY: Unpacking the prefabs at MOMA!

For those of us not fortunate enough to attend the MOMA's recent Home Delivery exhibition, Scribe Media has assembled an excellent video that takes an in-depth look at five of today's

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Stella Stackables for Inhabitots!

Stella Stackables for Inhabitots!

These slick stackable storage bins by Q Collection Junior provide a stylish organization solution that's perfect for growing households. We love their bright color combinations and mid-century

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MAD Architects Honeycomb Skyscraper

MAD Architects Honeycomb Skyscraper

Be it their biomimetic form, their integral strength, or the their beautiful visual texture, lately we can't get enough of hexagonal honeycomb structures. The latest to catch our eye is the

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Kite Power Could Generate Energy for 100,000 Homes

Kite Power Could Generate Energy for 100,000 Homes

If we told you that a free-flying kite could provide enough energy to power your house, you might consider us crazy. How about all the homes on your block, or even an entire city? Scientists at

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TRANSPORTATION TUES: The SAM Recyclable Electric Vehicle

TRANSPORTATION TUES: The SAM Recyclable Electric Vehicle

This sprightly three-wheeled vehicle packs some great sustainable features into a pint-sized package. Created by the Swiss company Cree, the award-winning SAM car seats two in an agile body that

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Solar LED ‘Leaf’ Streetlights by Jongoh Lee

Solar LED ‘Leaf’ Streetlights by Jongoh Lee

What if instead of standard streetlights your nighttime walks were brightened by light-laden boughs of luminous leaves? That's the concept behind Jongoh Lee's elegant Invisible Streetlight, a

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Method Home’s Completed Cabin!

PREFAB FRIDAY: Method Home’s Completed Cabin!

As summer hits its stride and the allure of the outdoors arrives we’re happy to report that Method Home’s modern wood wonder has blossomed into a beautiful home. If it seems like a

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The ITER Complex: A Gorgeous Green Enclave

The ITER Complex: A Gorgeous Green Enclave

Juan Herreros Architects designed this gorgeous green complex to seamlessly integrate into the sweeping undergrowth of a forest bustling with biological activity. The verdant structure features

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