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.

Social Profiles

+ Google
+ Twitter
+ LinkedIn
+ Facebook

Mike Chino
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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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

Read More >

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 short while

Read More >

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

Read More >

The UniCube Sustainable Dorm Design

The UniCube Sustainable Dorm Design

Sheathed in walls of living green and resembling a pagoda emblazoned with a curving copper rooftop, this UniCube dormitory utilizes an impressive set of sustainable features to regulate its

Read More >

Various Architect’s Stunning Collapsible Stadium

Various Architect’s Stunning Collapsible Stadium

Wrapped in a beautiful facade of hexagonal mesh, this Mobile Performance Venue cuts a striking profile while making strident efforts to size down its carbon footprint. Conceived by Norway's

Read More >

PREFAB FRIDAY: EcoShack’s Breezy Summer Shelter

PREFAB FRIDAY: EcoShack’s Breezy Summer Shelter

This week's prefab breaks out of the hard-lined modern box with a beautiful soft-shelled structure that finds elegance in its simplicity. That's right - it's a Nomad Yurt! SoCal based Ecoshack

Read More >

Burp Catching Backpack Traps and Contains Methane Released by Cows!

Burp Catching Backpack Traps and Contains Methane Released by Cows!

Ah, green design at its finest. Here at Inhabitat we pride ourselves in bringing you the freshest eco-friendly innovations, so how could we pass on the merits of this bright pink burp-trapping

Read More >

California Approves First Statewide Green Building Code!

California Approves First Statewide Green Building Code!

It's been a banner week for environmental policy as the California Building Standards Commission recently broke news of the nation's first statewide green building code. The measure mandates

Read More >

RCA Unveils Sleek Sustainable Concept Cars

RCA Unveils Sleek Sustainable Concept Cars

Imagine soaring along the road in a car composed entirely of aerodynamic glass, or piloting a red rocket-car with a split chassis mimicking a motorcycle and sidecar. Now consider the fact that

Read More >

ECOBAY: New Sustainable City for Estonia

ECOBAY: New Sustainable City for Estonia

There's something about the prospect of starting an entire city from scratch that's sure to stir the imagination, evoking ideals of efficiency and future-forward design at it's finest. Schmidt

Read More >

ONIGIRI HOUSE made entirely from cedar

ONIGIRI HOUSE made entirely from cedar

This beautiful Onigiri House was created by NKS Architects in Oita, Japan. Constructed entirely out of locally-sourced cedar, the wood-paneled wonder features a gorgeous light-laden interior

Read More >

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Energy-Efficient Oriens Glider

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: Energy-Efficient Oriens Glider

This stunning energy-efficient glider recently took top prize in the Lucky Strike Junior Designer Competition for its innovative re-envisioning the life-cycle of the airplane. Designed by Roland

Read More >

Greypant’s Cutting-Edge Slice Chair

Greypant’s Cutting-Edge Slice Chair

While perusing Graypants' catalog of eco-friendly furnishings we were particularly impressed by the lovely lines of this Slice chair. The cantilever chaise has a layered wood structure that

Read More >

MIT’s Revolutionary New Concentrated Solar Array

MIT’s Revolutionary New Concentrated Solar Array

Researchers at MIT recently revealed a cutting-edge solar technology that promises a “tenfold increase in the amount of power converted by solar cells.” The development utilizes

Read More >

Paris Visualizes Air Quality Via Color-Changing Balloon

Paris Visualizes Air Quality Via Color-Changing Balloon

It's been a while since an iconic red balloon has soared the skies of Paris, and we're excited to report that another altruistic beacon is set to grace the city's sweeping skyline. Airparif

Read More >

Colombia’s Finca el Retorno Eco-Shelters

Colombia’s Finca el Retorno Eco-Shelters

This striking slate gray structure unfolds from its verdant environs with a low-profile envelope that rises out from under a grassy hill. Constructed by G ateliers Architecture in

Read More >

SCRAP LIGHTS Made from Twice Recycled Cardboard

SCRAP LIGHTS Made from Twice Recycled Cardboard

Recently we introduced you to Seattle's Graypants Inc. and their beautiful line of sustainable Scrap Chairs. In the process of fine-tuning their creations, Seth and Jonathan were captivated by

Read More >

FLATPACK TO GO: IKEA Debuts Bike Trailers

FLATPACK TO GO: IKEA Debuts Bike Trailers

IKEA, that patent purveyor of all things flat-pack just announced that it has just teamed up with Velorbis to offer an exciting new service to its Danish customers: bike trailers. The

Read More >

Graypants’ Gorgeous Recycled Scrap Chairs

Graypants’ Gorgeous Recycled Scrap Chairs

Seattle based Graypants channels an exuberant work ethic into elegant pieces of sustainable furniture. Their set of Scrap Chairs are composed entirely of upcycled materials ranging from from

Read More >

Mercedes to Kick Fossil Fuels by 2015!

Mercedes to Kick Fossil Fuels by 2015!

Mercedes recently rolled out some extraordinary news, announcing that it intends to transition its entire lineup of luxury automobiles to alternative fuels by 2015. The development underscores

Read More >

21st Century Monocycle by Ben Wilson

21st Century Monocycle by Ben Wilson

Are traditional bikes a bit too pedestrian for you? Ben Wilson recently unveiled a sleek monocycle at this year's XXIst Century Man Exhibition in Tokyo. Wilson's pedal-powered prototype one-ups

Read More >

Herzog and de Meuron’s Spectacular Portsmouth Stadium

Herzog and de Meuron’s Spectacular Portsmouth Stadium

Some stunning pictures recently surfaced of Herzog and De Meuron's latest oeuvre, a £600 million soccer stadium to be constructed in Portsmouth, England. In keeping with their Beijing Bird's

Read More >

GRID HOUSE: Maximizing Green Space in Urban Infill

GRID HOUSE: Maximizing Green Space in Urban Infill

Moto Designshop recently finished schematics for this beautiful modern residence situated on Pine street in Philadelphia. The Grid House packs a highly efficient floorplan into tight quarters,

Read More >

Canada’s Shimmering Solar Collector Sculpture

Canada’s Shimmering Solar Collector Sculpture

Earlier this week Cambridge, Canada welcomed a stunning new interactive sculpture that casts a shimmering set of lights against the night sky. Constructed atop a sun-dappled hill, Gorbet

Read More >

Astro Boy Mural made from Recycled Subway Tickets!

Astro Boy Mural made from Recycled Subway Tickets!

Astro Boy, Japan's favorite mid-century anime android, was recently immortalized in a stunning metro ticket tableau at the Shinjuku Takashimaya department store. The pointillist portrait is

Read More >

DB Clay’s Fresh Eco-Friendly Wallets

DB Clay’s Fresh Eco-Friendly Wallets

Portland-based db clay recently celebrated its 10th birthday by unveiling its latest lineup of eco-chic wallets, and they're all awash in in the vibrant hues and textures of summer. The visually

Read More >

700 PALMS RESIDENCE: Sustainable Style in Venice, CA

700 PALMS RESIDENCE: Sustainable Style in Venice, CA

The stunning 700 Palms Residence is a prime example of site-specific architecture. Designed by Steven Ehrlich Architects, the striking structure mixes raw industrial materials with a polished

Read More >

  • Read Inhabitat

  • Search Categories

  • Recent Posts

  • Recent Comments

  • Browse by Keyword

get the free Inhabitat newsletter

Submit this form
popular today
all time
most commented
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
more popular stories >
What are you looking for? (Solar, HVAC, etc.)
Where are you located?