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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


Modeling buildings with commercial ground floors 4 Replies

Hello,I am trying to figure out how to model buildings that have multiple use types in them.  What I want is commercial (retail) on ground floor, office space on the next one or two floors, and then…Continue

Started by Wesley. Last reply by Wesley Jul 12.

Questions about large buildings 11 Replies

Hello,I have a couple questions regarding umi and it's capabilities and limitations so that I can decide whether it is the right tool for my research.  I am into designing a really large building…Continue

Started by Wesley. Last reply by Cody Rose Jul 11.

Difference of Results in Umi

Hi,I am a grad student at Kuwait University, studying architectureI use Umi as the main simulation tool for my thesis paperbelow, I am uploading a file which contains two sites next to each otherthe…Continue

Started by Sayed Abbas Al Mohri Jul 8.

Day lighting Simulation 9 Replies

Hi,I have installed UMI in my Rhino 5.0, but can only see Energy, lifecycle, mobility and site tabs. Does UMI also have Daylighting calculation?Best,Harsha.Continue

Started by Harshavardhan Vinjam. Last reply by Harshavardhan Vinjam Jun 30.


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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