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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 not working after installation 2 Replies

Dear all,after installing UMI 2.1 on my Windows 7 64 bit desktop the following error occurs when trying using it from the toolbar:Loading Rhino Render, version 1.50, Aug 10 2015, 14:03:46Command:…Continue

Started by Vincenzo Costanzo. Last reply by Vincenzo Costanzo Jun 14.

UMI Grasshopper Plug-in 2 Replies

Hello,I'm doing a dissertation project on the optimisation of urban massing and orientation. I was planning on using evolutionary algorithm plug-ins with grasshopper alongside simulation plug-ins for…Continue

Started by Andrew Komarnycky. Last reply by Andrew Komarnycky Jun 13.

UMI crashes after reinstallation of Windows 7 + Rhino 5. 13 Replies

I recently reinstalled Windows via Bootcamp along with all of my usual software. I was using UMI without any issues for the past six months with an identical setup, but now when I attempt to run a…Continue

Started by Nathan Peters. Last reply by Nathan Peters May 11.

Energy Simmulation 1 Reply

Hello, I am new for Umi. As an architect, interested in applying Umi in architectural field related to the building itself, I am currently trying to understand the geometry requirements for further…Continue

Started by Angelica Arbatskaia. Last reply by Cody Rose May 10.


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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