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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Broadstar’s AeroCam Breaks the Wind-Watt Barrier

Broadstar’s AeroCam Breaks the Wind-Watt Barrier

Amid veritable fields of wind turbine options the Broadstar AeroCam stands out with an innovative design that packs a powerful turbine into a compact form factor. Constructed to spin on a

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REVERSE GRAFFITI: Clean Green Street Art hits San Francisco!

REVERSE GRAFFITI: Clean Green Street Art hits San Francisco!

Here's one instance of green-washing that we're 100% behind. The Reverse Graffiti Project imbues the guerrilla tactics of street-art with an eco-friendly element, detourning the definition of

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Spain’s Stunning Teatro del Agua Solar Desalination Plant

Spain’s Stunning Teatro del Agua Solar Desalination Plant

As the planet heats up and our resources stretch to accommodate a skyrocketing population, it has become clear that water will be a hotly contested commodity in the coming years – some are

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WALL HOUSE: Build Your Own With Customizable Kit!

WALL HOUSE: Build Your Own With Customizable Kit!

One year ago we brought you the Wall House, an elegant small-scale home that challenges the concept of walls with its delaminated construction and a flexible shell that invokes a sky-blown kite

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BAUMRAUM: Stunning Treehouse Designs from Germany

BAUMRAUM: Stunning Treehouse Designs from Germany

There's nothing like a tree-top dwelling to conjure up gilded memories of childhood adventures and endless summers. It's even better when they're put together as wonderfully as the ones by

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Recycled Paper-Cut Cloud Lamps by Jordy Fu

Recycled Paper-Cut Cloud Lamps by Jordy Fu

Paper is a marvelous material with a complex character - at times a vessel for banal documents and stale legalese, it is also capable of much more expressive forms with a bit of creativity. Case

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