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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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 dye-glazed glass

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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 prototype one-ups

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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 even

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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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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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