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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Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

Young Flemish Designers Unveil Innovative Designs at Belgium’s Ventura Interieur 2014

If you want to know where the future of design is headed, look to the young designers who are breaking ground today. This maxim rang true at this year's Ventura Interieur in Belgium, where a

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Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

Vote for Your Favorite Green Halloween Costume to Decide Who Will Win a Vanmoof B6 Bike (Worth $848)!

All Hallows' Eve may have come and gone, but our Green Halloween Costume Contest is still going strong! We asked you to submit your cleverest, funniest, and most creative DIY costumes, and we

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DIY: How to Make an Adorable Chia Pet Dog Costume for Halloween

DIY: How to Make an Adorable Chia Pet Dog Costume for Halloween

What You'll Need: A dog sweater Plastic aquarium plants (which will enable you to recycle this costume next year or give it to a friend) or freshly picked clovers from your lawn Orange

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PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

PHOTOS: Ai Weiwei’s Amazing Chinese Dragon Flies Through the Air at Alcatraz

Ai Weiwei's With Wind installation greets visitors with a colorful explosion of paper forms that take flight within the former prison. The dragon is a symbol of power and freedom, however its

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TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

TEST DRIVE: 10 Things You Need to Know About Toyota’s 2015 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

For the past 20 years, Toyota has been working on a vehicle that could revolutionize the way we get around. It's virtually silent, its emissions are so clean you could drink them, and it's

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Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei Uses 1.2 Million LEGO Bricks to Portray 176 Political Prisoners and Exiles

Ai Weiwei is no stranger to imprisonment - the artist is a fierce critic of the Chinese government, and in the past he has been secretly detained for 81 days, beaten by Chinese police placed

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LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

LAST CHANCE: Win a PUBLIC Bike (Worth $574) or a Solar Power Backpack in Inhabitat’s Back to School Contest!

It's that time of year again - school bells are ringing across the States, and students everywhere are getting ready for a brand new year. To encourage you to green your back-to-school routine

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Toyota’s New Transforming Urban Utility Vehicle is the Swiss Army Knife of Cars!

Toyota’s New Transforming Urban Utility Vehicle is the Swiss Army Knife of Cars!

Makers, meet your DIY dream car. Toyota's Calty Design Research Studio just unveiled its brand new Urban Utility concept car - an ultra flexible vehicle with a transforming interior designed to

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Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Register Now for San Francisco’s Architecture and the City Festival!

Heads up San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans - it's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year: The Architecture and the City Festival! AIA SF and the Center for Architecture +

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Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

Spiraling Skyscraper Farms for a Future Manhattan

As the world's population continues to skyrocket and cities strain under the increased demand for resources, skyscraper farms offer an inspired approach towards creating sustainable vertical

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San Francisco’s Burrows Street Pocket Park Opens to the Public!

San Francisco’s Burrows Street Pocket Park Opens to the Public!

We first reported on the Burrows Street Pocket Park last October when work was about to begin - and now that it's complete we have to say that we're impressed with the results! The park is the

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Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Strandbeest Sculptures are Fantastic, Sand-Walking Behemoths

Theo Jansen’s Kinetic Strandbeest Sculptures are Fantastic, Sand-Walking Behemoths

Theo Jansen has been creating wind-walking examples of artificial life since 1990. What was at first a rudimentary breed has slowly evolved into a generation of machines that are able to react

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Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava’s Spectacular New Building is a Living, Moving Creature From Out of This World

Santiago Calatrava's Innovation, Science, and Technology Building spans 200,000 square feet and is constructed from lightweight aluminum, concrete, and glass. These robust materials are

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Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

Transbay Center: San Francisco is Building the Future of Public Transportation Beneath a 5.4-Acre Rooftop Park

The transportation sector accounts for a whopping 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Improving public transit is one of the best ways to cut that figure down - and the

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

INFOGRAPHIC: How Much Energy Does Google Use?

Did you know that the energy used by a single google search is equivalent to turning on a 60W light bulb for 17 seconds? Now consider that people conduct over 1 billion searches a day, and

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EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

EXO: The World’s First Geodesic Electric Car

You've surely heard about geodesic dome homes by now - but what about geodesic cars? Mauro Fragiotta and Mark Beccaloni drew upon the work of Buckminster Fuller to design EXO - the world's first

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15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

15 Innovative Green Designs from Sight Unseen That Will Make You Look Twice

Has the world gone topsy turvy? You say no - and then the table you’re looking at suddenly shifts into an alternate dimension. The amazing transforming coffee table above is just one of the

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Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Japanese Designers Showcase Elegant Low-Impact Products at BKLYN Designs 2014

Akiko Oue and Ryohei Yoshiyuki of Oy Objects see exciting new possibilities in everyday materials. These rustic earth-toned vessels made from recycled coffee grounds are the perfect compliment

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Phil Gautreau’s Spectacular Salvaged Wood Bowls Win the 2014 BKLYN Designs Reader’s Choice Award!

Phil Gautreau’s Spectacular Salvaged Wood Bowls Win the 2014 BKLYN Designs Reader’s Choice Award!

Brooklyn's design scene is thoroughly clad with locally sourced and salvaged wood - but no one does it better than Phil Gautreau. That's why we're thrilled to announce that Phil is the winner of

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Svbscription Sends You Quarterly Parcels of Exquisitely Curated Heirloom Designs

Svbscription Sends You Quarterly Parcels of Exquisitely Curated Heirloom Designs

In a market oversaturated with cheap, mass-produced objects, there's a lot to be said for the understated appeal of timeless heirloom goods. The team at Svbscription knows this - and they've

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Fietsklik’s Clever ‘Click-On’ Modular Bike Rack Makes Carting Heavy Loads a Snap

Fietsklik’s Clever ‘Click-On’ Modular Bike Rack Makes Carting Heavy Loads a Snap

It's an age-old problem: You've ridden your bike to the market to pick up some fruits and veggies - but how do you balance a sack full of groceries while pedaling home? Backpacks and messenger

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26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs

26 Inspiring Green Home Furnishings From BKLYN Designs

Uhuru's Shou Sugi Ban Stool is made from Japanese cedar treated with a traditional process that preserves the wood by charring it. The beautifully textured seat is made from a reclaimed cedar

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Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate Towards Buying a Bike to A Child in Need

Buy a Stylish Peace Bicycle and You’ll Also Donate Towards Buying a Bike to A Child in Need

In the United States cycling is often perceived as a leisure activity for kids or a highly competitive sport, but things are much different abroad. Everyone rides bikes in cities like Copenhagen

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The Revolights Arc is the First Integrated Brake Light for Bicycles

The Revolights Arc is the First Integrated Brake Light for Bicycles

You can instantly see when a car slows down due to the bright red brake lights - but the same isn't true for bikes. That's why Revolights just launched the Arc - the world's first integrated

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Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

Juniper Ridge Launches New Winter Redwood Backpacker’s Cologne

Half the country may be buried under snow, but warmer weather is on the way - and we can't wait to spend temperate evenings relaxing around a campfire in the great outdoors. In the meanwhile,

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INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

INTERVIEW: Yves Behar on Green Design, Data Overload, and His First Foray Into Architecture

If you've ever used a Jawbone, sat in a Sayl, or fired up a SodaStream, then you're sure to be familiar with the work of industrial design superstar Yves Behar. He's also the designer behind

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Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

Prodigy Network Crowdfunds and Crowdsources Design for New 17 John “Cotel” in Downtown New York City

These days you can crowdfund pretty much anything, from flying bikes, to glowing plants, and a headset that lets your dog talk - so why not a building? That's precisely the idea behind Prodigy

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Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right in Your Backyard

Ton Matton’s Chicken Cabinet Produces Fresh Eggs Right in Your Backyard

Ton's Chicken Cabinet turns a familiar furnishing into a system dedicated to free range egg production. The cupboard is built to EU-approved free range specs, and it provides enough space for

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How I Used Chairish to Sell My Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair

How I Used Chairish to Sell My Vintage Mid-Century Modern Chair

Ok I'll admit it - I have a thrifting problem. I love scouting out vintage furniture at flea markets and second-hand stores, although sometimes my eyes are too big for my tiny apartment. Take

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Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford Showcases Sun-Powered C-Max Solar Energi Car at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Ford's C-MAX Solar Energi Concept marks the first time a major automaker has unveiled a car that can harness enough energy from the sun to power its electric motor. The vehicle was developed in

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