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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


Simulating Highrise LCA EE in Chinese City 1 Reply

Hi, I have two following questions.When you simulate LCA using UMI, do you think it is fair for me to compare highrise to lowrise without consideration to the more strengthened structural requirement…Continue

Started by Keojin Jin. Last reply by Carlos Cerezo Davila 19 hours ago.

UMI mobility, understand the basis of ammenities? 1 Reply

Hi everyone, Just wondering if anyone knows what this part means?              Under C:\Umi\DefaultLibrariesThere is a file called SDL_Standard.uapOpen it with a text editor, and you will see all the…Continue

Started by William Corrs. Last reply by Cody Rose Oct 1.

dwg file - convert surfaces 1 Reply

Hello everyone,I have imported a dwg file to Rhino and I want to convert closed polysurfaces to boundary representations (brep). Is this possible?Greetings from Greece,JohnContinue

Started by Ioannis Karakounos. Last reply by Cody Rose Oct 1.

Error saving project 1 Reply

I have a serious problem installing your software in Rhinoceros 5My problem is that, when I create a new file or I open an existing project, never have written the project information in the pop-up…Continue

Started by Berna. Last reply by Cody Rose Aug 26.


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. Umi is being 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.

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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