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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Inhabitat’s Funniest Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Hilarious!

Inhabitat’s Funniest Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Hilarious!

Q: What do you get when you combine a turtle and a hamburger? A: One of the funniest news stories of the year! (Don't worry, the turtle survives.) Even though 2013 had its share of dark and

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Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

Behind the Design of San Francisco’s 1 Burrows Pocket Park with Rebar Studio and Artist Jason Jagel

This past October we brought you a first look at 1 Burrows Pocket Park, a community-driven project launched by Architecture for Humanity, the Lincoln Reimagine Project and Architectural Digest

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Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H6 Headphones are a Design Lover’s Dream

Bang & Olufsen’s BeoPlay H6 Headphones are a Design Lover’s Dream

I travel all the time for my work as a design editor - and that means I never know where my next office will be. It could be a bustling cafe in New York City, a cramped jet, an active

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gadget Gifts

Green Holiday Gift Guide: Green Gadget Gifts

2013 has been an incredible year for green gadgets - from the advent of affordable 3d printers to innovative new renewable energy generators - and we've rounded up some of this year's best and

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Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Men

Green Holiday Gift Guide: Eco-Friendly Gifts for Men

Guys can be hard to shop for, but we've got a basic guideline - buy quality goods that are built to last and you can't go wrong. If you're on the hunt for a great holiday present for a friend,

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Build Your Own Origami City with Paper Punk’s New URBAN FOLD Box Set

Build Your Own Origami City with Paper Punk’s New URBAN FOLD Box Set

We've featured Paper Punk's awesome 3D paper building blocks in the past - and they just launched a new set on Kickstarter that lets you build your own origami city! URBAN FOLD contains over 700

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Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

Mission Residence: Light-Filled Urban Cabin Rises from the Ashes of San Francisco’s 1906 Earthquake

San Francisco's Richard Johnson Design took an aging cottage made of materials salvaged from the 1906 earthquake and transformed it into a gorgeous "urban cabin" that opens up to the outdoors

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The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

The Solar Decathlon 2013 Kicks Off This Week in Irvine, CA – Inhabitat Reports Live!

Photo by Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Heads up green building fans - Inhabitat is reporting live from Irvine, California, where student teams from across the States and around

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Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

Infographic: The Technology Behind Elon Musk’s 700 MPH Hyperloop Train

Elon Musk's Hyperloop is one of the most talked about transportation developments of 2013 - and now that two top engineers have signed up to work on the project, it looks like it could actually

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Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

Park(ing) Day 2013: The Best Pop-Up Parks Across the States! [PHOTOS]

San Francisco, CA -- Interstice Architects go big every Park(ing) Day - and this year's park was no disappointment! The Park-a-licious Public Bubble is a huge inflatable structure filled with

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7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

7 Green Gadgets for Your Next Outdoor Adventure

Summer is almost over, which means it's high time to hit the road on an outdoor adventure while you still can! Fortunately, thanks to the latest green gadgets, you can delve into the wilderness

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Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Register Now for AIA San Francisco’s 2013 Architecture and City Festival!

Calling all San Francisco Bay Area architecture fans! We're excited to announce the launch of one of our favorite annual events - the AIA SF Architecture and the City Festival! We're looking

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2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

2013 INDEX: Award Winners Unveiled! Designs to Improve Life Receive €500,000 Prize

Smart Highway While car technology has advanced by leaps and bounds in the past century, roads have remained basically unchanged since the late 1800s. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaard plans to

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10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

Lepsis Terrarium Grows Edible Grasshopers As the world's population expands and resources for producing food become scarce, the World Health Organization thinks that we could all do with more

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‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

‘Cow Power’ Explores How Vermont Is Turning Turds Into a Treasured Energy Resource

Dairy farms are going out of business all across the United States, but in Vermont, citizens have banded together to support family farms by turning cow manure into a form of renewable energy.

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Panoramica’s Materiality Collection Celebrates the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Materials

Panoramica’s Materiality Collection Celebrates the Extraordinary Nature of Everyday Materials

Panoramica's Materiality collection is marked by its elegant and earnest appreciation of common everyday materials. The collective eschewed flashy veneers and artificial finishes to focus on

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Ultra-Compact Musguard Bicycle Fender Rolls Out to Save Your Seat on Rainy Days

Ultra-Compact Musguard Bicycle Fender Rolls Out to Save Your Seat on Rainy Days

Bicycles are one of the world's most efficient modes of transportation - but ride one in the rain and you'll wind up with a soggy seat as the rear while kicks up a steady stream of water. Enter

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Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

Solar Impulse Pilots Hosting Reddit Ask Me Anything TODAY at 1PM EST

This amazing Solar Impulse airplane recently completed the second leg of its sun-powered journey across the United States, and today co-founders and pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg

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Citi Bike Share Program Officially Launches in New York City

Citi Bike Share Program Officially Launches in New York City

New Yorkers rejoice - NYC's first bicycle sharing program just launched with 6,000 bikes! So far over 10,000 people have signed up to use the brand new Citi Bikes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day Two

Behold - the world's smallest chandelier! Mineheart downplays the overindulgent splendor of gilt baroque luminaires with this tiny energy-efficient version that's every bit as elegant - and

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The Best Green Designs from Wanted Design 2013!

The Best Green Designs from Wanted Design 2013!

Joe Doucet's electric blue Hadron light is made from a single length of electroluminescent wire that is coiled into an entropic ball. The ambient lamp gives off a cool glow, and it uses very

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The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

The Best Green Designs from ICFF 2013 Day One!

San Francisco Bay Area-based designer Colin Selig repurposes old propane tanks to create an amazing array of sofas and chairs. The smooth, sculptural seats require no extra material, and Selig

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Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

Juniper Ridge’s Cabin Sprays Make Your Home Smell Like a Forest Retreat

We love featuring treetop lounges and forest escapes here at Inhabitat - but not everyone has the good fortune to live amidst a lush green wilderness. For those who yearn to take leave of the

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Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Scientists Create World’s First 3D-Printed 3D Printer!

Researchers at Germany's Doppelbock University just opened the door to the future of rapid prototyping technology by developing the world's first 3D-printed 3D printer! Dubbed the Ecophage, the

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China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

China Announces Plans to Export Greenhouse Gases to Terraform Mars

As an extension of China's $16 billion plan to combat air pollution in its cities, today the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced an ambitious plan to export the nation's

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Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

Solar Impulse Airplane to Launch First Sun-Powered Flight Across America!

The Solar Impulse is the world's first airplane to fly both day and night without fuel. There's a lot of engineering behind this incredible feat - the plane's wingspan is the size of an Airbus

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Insane Screwdriver-Powered EX Vehicle Rockets You Headfirst Through the Streets

Insane Screwdriver-Powered EX Vehicle Rockets You Headfirst Through the Streets

We're all for electric vehicles and innovative new uses for everyday objects - but this EX vehicle propelled by screwdrivers is just nuts. The pared-down racing trike harnesses two 18-volt

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The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

The Bay Lights Unveiled: World’s Largest Light Sculpture Illuminates San Francisco Bay Bridge with 25,000 LEDs

The last time we checked in with Leo Villareal, he had just installed a gigantic glowing LED Buckyball in NYC's Madison Square Park. For The Bay Lights, Words Pictures Ideas founder Ben Davis

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Bongo Design’s Energy-Efficient 360 LED Lamp is a Minimalist Masterpiece

Bongo Design’s Energy-Efficient 360 LED Lamp is a Minimalist Masterpiece

Founded by young Polish designer Magdalena Chojnacka, Bongo Design produces high-quality handmade interior objects with a less-is-more aesthetic. The company just launched its beautiful new 360

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Compostmodern 2013 Kicks off Next Month in San Francisco – Register Today!

Compostmodern 2013 Kicks off Next Month in San Francisco – Register Today!

Heads up sustainable designers, architects, and green thinkers! We're excited to announce that one of our favorite San Francisco Bay Area design events is kicking off next month - get ready for

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