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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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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11 Great Green Gifts for Father’s Day 2012

11 Great Green Gifts for Father’s Day 2012

WrecordsByMonkey Recycled Record iPhone Case - $45 If your dad's a music junky with an extensive collection of vinyl, then consider getting him one of these groovy iPhone cases made from old

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The Best Green Designs From Wanted Design 2012!

The Best Green Designs From Wanted Design 2012!

Inhabitat favorite Francois Chambard of UM Project unveiled an adorable army of modular robots made from a standardized lighting unit. The quirky bots range from a miniature terrarium to retro

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Grassy PicNYC Table Brings Al Fresco Dining to Your Living Room

Grassy PicNYC Table Brings Al Fresco Dining to Your Living Room

Haiko Cornelissen was inspired to create the picNYC Table by his experience living in a tiny apartment in Paris. The apartment lacked space for a full dining table, so he often invited guests

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Nervous System’s Ethereal 3D-Printed LED Leaf Lamps Shine Light on Natural Design

Nervous System’s Ethereal 3D-Printed LED Leaf Lamps Shine Light on Natural Design

Nervous System is a "generative design studio" that harnesses cutting-edge technology to create art, jewelry, and housewares modeled after processes found in nature. They develop computer

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NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest Federal Building in the US – PHOTOS

NASA’s New LEED Platinum Sustainability Base is the Greenest Federal Building in the US – PHOTOS

Situated at Moffet Field in Mountain View, California, the $25 million NASA Sustainability Base features a front facade that takes design cues from the International Space Station. At a media

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HAPPY EARTH DAY!  What Are You Doing for Earth Day 2012?

HAPPY EARTH DAY! What Are You Doing for Earth Day 2012?

Happy Earth Day 2012! Here at Inhabitat we like to treat every day like Earth Day - but that doesn't mean we're not going to give Mother Earth a little extra attention on April 22nd. The

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Krill Architecture Unveils Plans for Circular Solar-Powered Church in Valer, Norway

Krill Architecture Unveils Plans for Circular Solar-Powered Church in Valer, Norway

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost

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Aerial Photos Reveal That Dubai Is Building a Series of Dubai-Shaped Islands Off the Coast of Dubai

Aerial Photos Reveal That Dubai Is Building a Series of Dubai-Shaped Islands Off the Coast of Dubai

One might think that emirs of Dubai would learn from their past mistakes after Dubai's artificial 'The World' archipelago surrendered its sands to the sea, but sinking islands and rising tides

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Lanefab Completes Vancouver’s First Net-Zero Solar Laneway House

Lanefab Completes Vancouver’s First Net-Zero Solar Laneway House

Lanefab Design/Build recently completed the city of Vancouver's first Net-Zero Solar Laneway House. The house, built as an infill on an existing residential lot, is 1020 square feet with 1

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Artist Dominic Wilcox Recreates British Landmarks From Jaffa Cakes

Artist Dominic Wilcox Recreates British Landmarks From Jaffa Cakes

The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost

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Inhabitat is Looking for Writers for the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair!

Inhabitat is Looking for Writers for the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair!

Heads up Milan Furniture Fair fans and Europe-based writers! The 2012 Milan Furniture Fair is coming up next month from April 17th-22nd and Inhabitat is looking for a few great writers and

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HWKN’s Massive Spiky “Wendy” Pavilion Coming to MoMA PS1 This Summer!

HWKN’s Massive Spiky “Wendy” Pavilion Coming to MoMA PS1 This Summer!

Every summer New York's MoMA PS1 gallery blossoms with an amazing new pavilion by an up-and-coming architecture studio, and the museum just announced that the winner of this year's Young

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