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UMI v2.0 or any recommendation

Hi UMI team

Just want to say that UMI seems to be a very useful tool in architecture and urban planning issues. Right now i'm working with a professor investigator and we are very interested in using UMI in a research about hi density housing and all the implied issues.…


Posted by Oswaldo Lau on October 30, 2014 at 2:58pm

UMI version 2

Hey UMI team

I am really looking forward to the new version. We are in June now - when can we expect the new release? ;)



Posted by daniel nielsen on June 3, 2014 at 3:31pm — 1 Comment

Excellent Seminar.

Great presentation of best urban practices and UMI applications through speakers and student work. I look forward to trying out the software!

Quick question - is the financial-based aspect of UMI place specific?

Posted by Adelle York on May 8, 2013 at 11:02am — 1 Comment


Green areas and other layout on groundfloor 3 Replies

DearI am working on UMI for my dissertation and I am struggled with the groundfloor layouds, I need to add green areas, footpath and other layout on the groundfloor and change the colour.However, I…Continue

Started by Melba Rosa. Last reply by Cody Rose yesterday.

UMI dashboard 1 Reply

Hi,I am trying to load my simulation on UMI dashboard. It says umi file parsed in x seconds and then does not do anything. Can some help me with that? I have attached the screenshot of dashboard…Continue

Started by Charvi Jagani. Last reply by Jamie Farrell on Saturday.

UMI energy simulation results don't change 5 Replies

Hi UMI team. I am having some problems running energy simulations in UMI. I have created a few templates, and when I run the energy simulation I get the same results for every template I assign to…Continue

Started by Melisa. Last reply by Melisa May 17.

Walkability Error Message 3 Replies

Hi,I am currently trying to run a walkability test on a neighborhood I built. Unfortunately Rhino shows this error:umi mobility error: The network graph vertex count did not equal the number of nodes…Continue

Started by Yoann Gorostiaga. Last reply by Yoann Gorostiaga May 8.


In Short

Umi is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. Since 2012, Umi has been  developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from a National Science Foundation EFRI_SEED project, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Kuwait-MIT Center, the Center for Complex Engineering Systems (CCES) at KACST and MIT, Transsolar Climate Engineering and United Technologies Corporation. Further tool developed is now also being conducted at the Environmental Systems Lab at Cornell University.

A first public version of Umi was released during a public symposium on Sustainable Urban Design on May 6th 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Version 2.0, which also includes an embodied energy module, was released on November 7th 2014.

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