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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Lifecycle Building Challenge 2008 Open for Submissions!

Lifecycle Building Challenge 2008 Open for Submissions!

Do you have a green building idea that's bursting to break through? Now is the time to let it shine, as the Lifecycle Building Challenge is open for submissions! Currently in its second year

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Spiraling Calatrava Chicago Tower to be World’s 2nd tallest

Spiraling Calatrava Chicago Tower to be World’s 2nd tallest

Chicago's city skyline is about to be graced by a stunning new super-structure that will rise above its shore like a helical seashell. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the 2000

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Modular Architectural Wind Microturbines Take Off

Modular Architectural Wind Microturbines Take Off

From costly installations to strict city ordinances, there's a number of factors that have limited the growth of wind power in urban environments. Now, Aerovironment is ushering in an era of

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2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge winners announced!

2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge winners announced!

Architecture for Humanity and AMD recently announced the winners of its 2007 AMD Open Architecture Challenge. Each year the competition addresses architects and designers around the world,

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Hand-Cranked Super Battery Juices your Gadgets

Hand-Cranked Super Battery Juices your Gadgets

It's something that could happen to us all - accruing so many USB-bound gadgets that there's no way to keep them all charged. They clutter the desk and drawers, constantly vying for attention

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CASA VERDE: Sunset’s Green Dream Home in San Francisco

CASA VERDE: Sunset’s Green Dream Home in San Francisco

This weekend, I attended the NEN's Clean and Green Summit which included a wonderful green walking tour of San Francisco's Mission district. We strolled by beautiful gardens and saw some great

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NANO VENT-SKIN: CO2 Filtering Solar Micro-turbines!

NANO VENT-SKIN: CO2 Filtering Solar Micro-turbines!

There's nothing like a towering wind turbine to inspire NIMBY sentiment from neighbors and city councils alike. Enter a striking new alternative energy concept by Mexican-born Agustin Otegui,

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BMW’s Hydrogen Car Cleans The Air as You Drive

BMW’s Hydrogen Car Cleans The Air as You Drive

What if your car consumed carbon monoxide instead of spewing it out? Just such a vehicle was unveiled at last month's SAE Congress in Detroit, which showcased some exciting green trends in the

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Floating New Orleans to weather the storm

Floating New Orleans to weather the storm

It's been almost three years since New Orleans weathered Katrina's wrath, and debate still rages over plans to reconstruct the sunken city. Myriad options have surfaced ranging from rebuilding

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PREFAB FRIDAY: The Evolving Énóvo House

PREFAB FRIDAY: The Evolving Énóvo House

We just caught wind of a beautiful new prefab that takes an innovative approach towards its own structural life-cycle. The Canada based Énóvo House features a sleek modular assembly that's

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ICFF 2008: Stanley Ruiz Twig Jewelry

ICFF 2008: Stanley Ruiz Twig Jewelry

In a world of shimmering polycarbonate chairs and seamlessly engineered surfaces, Brooklyn based Stanley Ruiz’s work is a breath of fresh air. Inspired by “walking, improv music, and

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San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal gets the green light

San Francisco’s Transbay Terminal gets the green light

San Franciscans rejoice! The Transbay Joint Powers Authority just approved a stunning green design for the new Transbay Transit Center to be constructed in downtown SF. Planned by Pelli Clarke

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Scientific breakthrough decomposes plastic bags in 3 months!

Scientific breakthrough decomposes plastic bags in 3 months!

This month heralds a world-changing scientific breakthrough as a teenage prodigy has developed a new way to decompose plastic bags in just three months! A 16 year old named Daniel Burd conducted

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APPLE FILES SOLAR PATENT: MacBook going solar?

APPLE FILES SOLAR PATENT: MacBook going solar?

If you read Inhabitat with any frequency, you know we are always on the lookout for greener gadgets that will reduce the amount of energy and waste associated with wireless mobility. Well, we

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Masdar’s Solar Powered Rapid Transit System

Masdar’s Solar Powered Rapid Transit System

In Arabic, Masdar means “the source,” and the the latest development to spring from the city’s upwelling of green tech is a futuristic transit system that will serve the

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ICFF 2008: Nature inspired cork credenza by Iannone Design

ICFF 2008: Nature inspired cork credenza by Iannone Design

This spring's ICFF brought some stunning new treats from one of Inhabitat's perennial favorites, Iannone Designs. The star of Iannone's ICFF booth was this wonderful Cork Mosaic Credenza that

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Cliffside Shipping Container Home in New Zealand

Cliffside Shipping Container Home in New Zealand

We're always excited to see architects reuse industrial materials, and in the prefab world there's no match for the simplicity, low cost, and customization capabilities of the stalwart shipping

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ICFF 2008: Tables from Reclaimed Car Parts!

ICFF 2008: Tables from Reclaimed Car Parts!

One of our favorite finds at this year's ICFF were these beautiful geometric tables wrought from scraps of reclaimed sheet metal by Brooklyn based Nine Stories Furniture. Each table is

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Kyouei umbrella holder waters your plants

Kyouei umbrella holder waters your plants

Sick of rain-slicked slippery floors? Looking to take your rainwater recycling to the next level, while simultaneously improving your green thumb? This Umbrella Plant Pot by Kyouei Design offers

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First U.S. Bike Share Program Kicks into Gear!

First U.S. Bike Share Program Kicks into Gear!

We've written about bike sharing programs across Europe and now, as bike month begins, we're happy to share that the US has finally warmed up to the idea, making bike rental as simple and quick

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TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s First Zero-Cost Hybrid!

TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: World’s First Zero-Cost Hybrid!

What if instead of leaking value left and right your car actually paid for itself over time? The AFS Trinity Power Corporation recently debuted just such a vehicle, dubbed the XH150. The

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CELEBRITY LAMP made from aviator sunglasses

CELEBRITY LAMP made from aviator sunglasses

Who couldn't use more shiny, sparkling, pointless things? This Celebrity Lamp may lack subtlety, but it makes up for it with countless opportunities to check yourself out. I imagine it would

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ICFF SNEAK PEEK: Mora Mobile by Adrift

ICFF SNEAK PEEK: Mora Mobile by Adrift

Spring may have sprung, but we’re still captivated by the lofty lilt of this “Mora” fallen leaf mobile by San Francisco based Brian Schmitt. We’ve been longtime fans of

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PREFAB FRIDAY: Method Homes’ Modular Cabin

PREFAB FRIDAY: Method Homes’ Modular Cabin

This month we're welcoming a brand new builder to the prefab scene as Method Homes launches its first house! The wood clad wonder is currently nearing completion in Seattle, Washington and

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SELSAM SUPERTURBINES: Flying wind-turbines for max power

SELSAM SUPERTURBINES: Flying wind-turbines for max power

The higher up in the air you go, the faster wind travels - so naturally the further from the ground a wind-turbines gets, the more efficient it can be. Thats why the idea of a flying

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Digitally Fabricated Inversion Bowl by Desu Design

Digitally Fabricated Inversion Bowl by Desu Design

Desu Design displayed their sleek surface line at this year's BKLYN Designs, but their real show-stopper at the show was their cutting edge Inversion bowl. Composed of a single slab of

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Urban Driftwood Stools by Ian Collings

Urban Driftwood Stools by Ian Collings

One of the show-stoppers at this year’s BKLYN Designs was the Pratt Institute’s student exhibition. There’s no better place to catch great new work by young designers, and we

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LED Constellation Chandelier by Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn

LED Constellation Chandelier by Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn

This stunning LED chandelier lit up this year's BKLYN Designs with a stellar low-energy lighting solution for light emitting diodes. Recent Pratt graduate Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn wowed attendees

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SOLAR ENERGY AS CHEAP AS COAL!

SOLAR ENERGY AS CHEAP AS COAL!

Energy company Sunrgi recently announced an astounding new solar system that will break our grids free from the fossil fuel lockdown. Their Xtreme Concentrated Photovoltaics promise a low-cost,

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RAINPOD’s Beautiful Water Harvesting System

RAINPOD’s Beautiful Water Harvesting System

Rain barrels, garbage cans, corrugated tanks... most water collection systems have a problem: they've got ugly written into their DNA. An unfortunate evolution, granted that rainwater storage

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