Mike Chino

 

As Inhabitat's managing editor, Mike shapes the site's editorial vision and directs the team to produce timely, engaging coverage of designs that make the world a better place. Mike graduated with honors in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the past he has written for Engadget, Ecouterre, and Readymade Magazine. As an editor, writer and photographer Mike has traveled the globe charting groundbreaking developments in the field of design - from ICFF to Biennale Interieur, Dwell on Design, and auto shows in Detroit, Los Angeles, and New York. When he's not online Mike likes to bike, hike, surf and build things.

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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

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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PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

PHOTOS: San Francisco’s Southern Pacific Brewing is a Tree-Filled Beer Sanctuary in a Renovated Warehouse

Southern Pacific Brewing is the newest brewpub in San Francisco's Mission District, situated in a renovated warehouse a stone's throw off the the beaten path at 19th and Treat. After clearing a

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Genius Unveils World’s First Battery-Free Wireless Mouse

Genius Unveils World’s First Battery-Free Wireless Mouse

Genius just took a big step forward for computer peripherals by launching the world's first wireless battery-free mouse. The mighty mouse eschews wasteful AAAs and heavier lithium-ion batteries

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Ford Unveils 2013 Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show!

Ford Unveils 2013 Fusion Energi Plug-In Hybrid at the Detroit Auto Show!

With smoke machines, lasers, 360 degree giant monitors, and cars continually driving onto the stage, these Ford stage show planners really don't mess around when it comes to dramatic unveils at

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Inhabitat is Reporting Live From the 2012 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Inhabitat is Reporting Live From the 2012 Detroit Auto Show Today!

Inhabitat is reporting live from the floor of the 2012 Detroit Auto Show! Heads up green transportation fans - Team Inhabitat is gearing up for an exciting day at the 2012 North American

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Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

Manhattan’s Oculus-Topped Fulton Street Transit Center to be Completed in 2014

Grimshaw Architects recently announced that construction is set to resume on Manhattan's dazzling daylit Fulton Street Transit Center after a lengthy delay due to budget cuts. The shining

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Green Design Predictions for 2012

Green Design Predictions for 2012

1. Peter Ward, Ph.D - Paleontologist, Author of On Methuselah's Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions, Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle 2.

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National 9/11 Museum Will Not Open in 2012 Due to Financial Dispute

National 9/11 Museum Will Not Open in 2012 Due to Financial Dispute

Last year thousands of people visited the National 9/11 Memorial as it opened in New York City, however it turns out that the accompanying 9/11 Museum will not be opening anytime soon due to a

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Inhabitat’s Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top 6 Green Science and Technology Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was an exciting year for green technology as researchers and innovators around the world broke ground on high-tech gadgets and systems that will help combat global warming, preserve the

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Inhabitat’s Top Environmental News Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

Inhabitat’s Top Environmental News Stories of 2011 – Vote for Your Favorite!

2011 was a landmark year for green news as environmental issues dominated headlines around the world - and Inhabitat was there to bring you the biggest stories as they happened. This year we

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