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 Top Environmental News Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Environmental News Stories of 2012 – Vote for Your Favorite!

From natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy to the intensifying threat of climate change, 2012 had its share of ominous environmental stories. But the news wasn't all bleak - we also brought you

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Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

Amazing Glitter-Sized Photovoltaic Cells Look Like Golden Snowflakes

As snowstorms sweep the country, researchers at Sandia National Laboratories are warming up our winter blues with the creation of these gorgeous snowflake-shaped photovoltaic cells. The

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14 Green Holiday Gifts For Him

14 Green Holiday Gifts For Him

Guys can be notoriously hard to shop for, but fear not - our 2012 Green Holiday Gift Guide is here to take all the guesswork out of giving presents to fathers, brothers, sons, and friends. From

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Juniper Ridge Launches Wildcrafted Trail Crew Soaps and Backpacker’s Colognes for the Holidays

Juniper Ridge Launches Wildcrafted Trail Crew Soaps and Backpacker’s Colognes for the Holidays

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift for the nature-loving guy or gal on your list? Inhabitat favorite Juniper Ridge just launched a brand new line of wildcrafted soaps and scents that capture

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8 Festive LED Christmas Lights To Save You Energy & Green Your Holidays

8 Festive LED Christmas Lights To Save You Energy & Green Your Holidays

Now that autumn has arrived, the holiday season is ramping up - and it's never too soon to start thinking about decor for the winter festivities to come. This year, instead of rolling out that

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Jubiltree: A Reusable Wooden Christmas Tree for a Greener Holiday Season

Jubiltree: A Reusable Wooden Christmas Tree for a Greener Holiday Season

Now that November's wound down to a close and Christmas is right around the corner it's high time to start decking the halls - but why sacrifice an entire grown tree for a single season's decor?

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Matthew Carden’s Food Art Provides Food For Thought

Matthew Carden’s Food Art Provides Food For Thought

Photographer Matthew Carden’s incredible “Small World” food photography offers an entirely new perspective on the foods we consume, interspersing tiny figures amid towering

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The DROP Eco-Hotel is a Portable Prefab Pod Home for the Modern Nomad

The DROP Eco-Hotel is a Portable Prefab Pod Home for the Modern Nomad

In-Tenta designed the DROP Eco-Hotel to provide a mobile dwelling for modern nomads. The prefabricated structure consists of a central tube capped on either end by big fully operable bubble

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ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

ANNOUNCING: Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest Winners!

Inhabitat's Green Halloween Costume Contest received hundreds of incredibly crafted costumes - and after an intense bout of online voting we're thrilled to announce our winners! From a ghastly

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LAST CHANCE TO VOTE for Your Favorite Finalists in Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest – POLLS CLOSE TONIGHT!

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE for Your Favorite Finalists in Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest – POLLS CLOSE TONIGHT!

This is your last chance to vote for your favorite Green Halloween Costume Contest finalists! Hey Inhabireaders! Today is the last day to vote in our annual Green Halloween Costume Contest. We

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Littlest Marty McFly Goes Back to the Future in Awesome DeLorean Push Car Halloween Costume

Littlest Marty McFly Goes Back to the Future in Awesome DeLorean Push Car Halloween Costume

Cory Newton-Smith took his son Back to the Future this Halloween with an incredible Marty McFly costume - and he even decked out the toddler's stroller like a flying DeLorean time machine! The

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LAST CHANCE: Enter Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest – DEADLINE EXTENDED 24 HOURS!

LAST CHANCE: Enter Inhabitat’s 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest – DEADLINE EXTENDED 24 HOURS!

There's still time to enter Inhabitat's 2012 Green Halloween Costume Contest! Did you haunt the streets in an awesome hand-crafted Halloween costume last night? While the spookiest night of the

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Danny Taylor’s Dimmer Switch Teaches Kids Energy-Efficient Behavior With a Happy Face

Danny Taylor’s Dimmer Switch Teaches Kids Energy-Efficient Behavior With a Happy Face

Designer Danny Taylor found that most energy monitors do little to engage with children, so he created an interface for a light that attempts to inform children of energy wastage without

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Will Holman Creates Molded Cardboard Chair Inspired by Mid-Century Bent Plywood Furniture

Will Holman Creates Molded Cardboard Chair Inspired by Mid-Century Bent Plywood Furniture

In the middle of the last century, design pioneers like Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames began experimenting with bent plywood. By laminating thin veneers of wood, they were able to make

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Sarah Turner Creates Gorgeous Chandelier from Recycled Coca Cola Bottles

Sarah Turner Creates Gorgeous Chandelier from Recycled Coca Cola Bottles

Coca Cola commissioned eco artist Sarah Turner to create lighting and a massive recycled sculpture for their Hospitality Centre at the London 2012 Olympic games. At 2 meters wide the lights make

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Berto Aussems’ Awesome DIY Bike Toolbox is a Mobile Workbench on Wheels

Berto Aussems’ Awesome DIY Bike Toolbox is a Mobile Workbench on Wheels

How can you carry a toolbox and a workspace on the luggage carrier of a bike? That's the question Berto Aussems was confronted with when he sought to take his work as an electronics repairer on

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Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day 2012: Photos of the Best Pop-Up Parks From Coast to Coast!

Park(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005 when Rebar Studio converted a single parking space into a pop-up park. The idea is that as long as you feed the meter, the space is yours to use as

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Whole Foods First Company to Regulate Organic Beauty Products

Whole Foods First Company to Regulate Organic Beauty Products

Whole Foods just made history by becoming the first national retailer to personally ensure that all of the body care products on its store shelves are certified organic. There are currently no

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6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

6 Amazing Sun-Powered Homes Competing in the 2012 Solar Decathlon Europe!

Designed by the Technical University of Denmark, the Plus Energy FOLD House is a versatile modular home that can be configured in a variety of different ways depending on how its site is laid

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LowLine Underground Park Full-Scale Model Unveiled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side!

LowLine Underground Park Full-Scale Model Unveiled in Manhattan’s Lower East Side!

We've been eagerly following the development of the NYC's LowLine underground park as it gains momentum and edges closer to reality - and the amazing adaptive reuse project recently took a big

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LAST CHANCE: Enter to Win a Voltaic Laptop-Charging Solar Backpack Filled With Green School Supplies (Worth $500)!

LAST CHANCE: Enter to Win a Voltaic Laptop-Charging Solar Backpack Filled With Green School Supplies (Worth $500)!

Heads up students! September is just one week away and school bells are already ringing in the distance - which means it's high time to start gearing up for the coming academic year. If you've

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AIA San Francisco’s 2012 Architecture and the City Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

AIA San Francisco’s 2012 Architecture and the City Festival Kicks Off Next Week!

Heads up SF Bay Area architecture fans - we're excited to announce that AIA SF will be celebrating San Francisco's architectural heritage all September long as it kicks off the 9th annual

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Top Green Back to School Backpacks for a Sustainable Academic Year

Top Green Back to School Backpacks for a Sustainable Academic Year

Freitag Hazzard Backpack Each year Freitag salvages 390 tons of well-traveled truck tarpaulins and uses them to create an incredible range of products including backpacks, messenger bags, totes

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Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers!

Inhabitat is Hiring New Writers!

Inhabitat is hiring green design writers! Calling all freelance writers - do you avidly follow environmental issues and truly believe that sustainable design can save the world? Inhabitat is

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Veganism and the Environment Infographic Shows the Environmental Impact of Raising Animals for Food

Veganism and the Environment Infographic Shows the Environmental Impact of Raising Animals for Food

Can you quantify the environmental footprint of your diet? This amazing infographic by Spencer Belkofer shows the impact that raising animals for food has on the environment. Belkofer compiled

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bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

bSolar’s Double-Sided Photovoltaic Cells Produce Up to 50% More Energy

Standard photovoltaic cells only harvest energy from a single surface - the side facing the sun. Israeli startup bSolar has found a way to improve upon this unidirectional design with a

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Bruce Munro Announces Largest Solar-Powered Field of Light for Ayers Rock, Australia in 2013!

Bruce Munro Announces Largest Solar-Powered Field of Light for Ayers Rock, Australia in 2013!

Bruce Munro was first inspired to create his fields of light while traveling through Australia's red desert in 1992. He was amazed by the endless fields of flowers that burst up from the barren

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The Best Green Designs at Dwell on Design 2012!

The Best Green Designs at Dwell on Design 2012!

The Cricket Trailer is a space-age mobile home designed by NASA architect Garrett Finney that packs all of the comforts of a conventional house into one compact package. The units can be

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Join Inhabitat Today at Dwell on Design 2012 in Los Angeles!

Join Inhabitat Today at Dwell on Design 2012 in Los Angeles!

Heads up Los Angeles design fans - Inhabitat is reporting live today from Dwell on Design 2012, the West Coast's largest design event! We're scouring the floor of the LA Convention

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Make a DIY Modern Herb Garden From Recycled Wine Bottles for $30!

Make a DIY Modern Herb Garden From Recycled Wine Bottles for $30!

Looking for a fun weekend project that will infuse your home a breath of fresh air? Ben Uyeda recently created a great video for FreeGreen.com that shows how to make a stylish modern herb garden

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