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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


umiWrite (Grasshopper) never works

Dear all,I try to use umiWrite component and it never works after my many times  of try-and error-efforts.Is there anyone who is successful with this component and share a definition sample with…Continue

Started by Tom Tran Sep 11.

Integration with Grasshopper and Galapagos 5 Replies

Hello again!I just wanted to find out if it is possible to evaluate umi models parametrically somehow with grasshopper, and specifically if it is possible to integrate Galapagos optimization (or some…Continue

Started by Wesley. Last reply by Wesley Sep 7.

Per m2 Energy Results Not Available

Hello, I am using UMI to calculate operational energy per unit area in buildings of an urban precinct.The per unit (m2) function was working fine in the Results tab till now, but suddenly all the new…Continue

Started by Kanishk Jain Aug 31.

No-logical results in the analysis of energy use for buildings

Hello.With the program I made a simulation of energy consumption for the selected location of Ljubljana (Slovenia). When dealing with the results, the values for heating are lower than the values for…Continue

Started by 44spela Aug 28.


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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