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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

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


How to resolve "Umi expires June, 2014" 5 Replies

I just downloaded and installed Umi in Rhino. But it shows "Umi expires June, 2014" when I click on any of the buttons and cannot proceed anything. Is there someone also having this problem?Continue

Started by Ning Wang. Last reply by Yang Xiaoming on Tuesday.

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Started by Kerem Beygo Jul 16.

Use vegetation for the simulations

Hello All, I am looking how GI can improve situation in urban areas. I just installed the umi and now I am looking is it possible to use trees or other plants  in order to influence simulation…Continue

Started by Srdjan Stankovic, Imperial Colle Jul 1.

I'm lost Umi and Archsim

Ok I think I'm lost here:1- What is umi and what is Archsim. Both uses the sames ressources and have the same icons. Are they complementary, how to use them both? 2 -Also when I try to do a…Continue

Started by Claudio Nunez May 30.


In Short

UMI stands for Urban Modeling Interface and is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities regarding operational energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. UMI is being developed by the Sustainable Design Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with support from the National Science Foundation, the MIT Energy Initiative, the Kuwait-MIT Center, the Government of Saudi Arabia, 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 will also include an embodied energy module, will be released during Fall 2014.

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