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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


Example's page not working 3 Replies

Hello to everyone,First of all, thankyou for the toolI'm trying to learn about it but for some reason it seems that the example's page is not workingAm I doing something worng?thanks in advance,Pablo…Continue

Tags: files, example

Started by Pablo Gomez Rodriguez. Last reply by Pablo Gomez Rodriguez Jan 28.

Day-lighting module and possibility of using UMI with Grasshopper in Urban Context

Hello,I am looking for Energy Modeling and Daylighting analysis for a large urban setup.I am looking for following:1. Day-lighting modules in the current UMI v2.0.2. Is there any possibility of using…Continue

Started by Javed Iqbal Jan 25.

umi energy error 2 Replies

Hello,I have a question regarding the energy simulation. When I try to simulate an umi file I get the umi energy error: Could not find file…Continue

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Started by Manousos Syngelakis. Last reply by Manousos Syngelakis Jan 5.

Modelling of buildings 9 Replies

Hello,I am new to umi so I would like to ask you the following.I need to study some buildings from the energy prospect.I have some terraced  houses,  buildings with a vertical separation between the…Continue

Started by Manousos Syngelakis. Last reply by Cody Rose Nov 29, 2016.


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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