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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


UMI and UWG 5 Replies

Hello,I am interested in using UMI in conjunction with UWG to perform an analysis of heat development in an urban setting, specifically the UHI phenomenon. I noticed in a research paper that this is…Continue

Started by Declan Fay. Last reply by Declan Fay Mar 23.

Assigning Fuel Sources to End Uses 3 Replies

Hello everyone!We are looking into using UMI for some overall community planning and while the results seem to suggest it’s possible, we can’t seem to find any way to assign a fuel source to the end…Continue

Tags: Oil, Gas, Meter, Energy, Fuel

Started by Michael Wong. Last reply by Cody Rose Mar 16.


Hi,I am new to both Umi and Rhino so forgive me if this is a silly question. I have been trying to follow the tutorials to complete an FAR model (firstly) however, I come to a stumbling block when…Continue

Started by Declan Fay Mar 10.

Weather data file imported 1 Reply

Hi everyoneI would like to know if I can import weather data to UMI in EPW or TMY3 fomart.Continue

Started by Melba Rosa. Last reply by Cody Rose Mar 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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