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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


integration of umi with GIS

Hi everybody, i am new of umi. I am working on a citywide model in GIS (Geogrpahic Information System) and I am wondering if I can modelled it with umi. In detail, I would like to tknow i:1- I can…Continue

Tags: GIS

Started by FedericaZagarella Dec 13, 2018.

possible energy outputs

hi everybody! I am new of umi. I have two doubts about possible OUTPUTS:- it cannot provide each building energy demand on hourly base, ins't it?- it cannot it provide each thermal zone outputs…Continue

Tags: hourly, outputs

Started by FedericaZagarella Dec 13, 2018.

How to convert Walk-Score to VMT

Dear Sir / MadamGood dayI have read a paper wrote by Tarek Rakha and Christoph Reinhart from Department of Architectural Engineering in MIT university. They have made it possible to make a relation…Continue

Started by Hossein Alipour Nov 30, 2018.

Embodied carbon and energy question

Hello,I just have a couple questions about the values for the embodied energy/carbon calculations.  My first question is where the default values for embodied energy and carbon for the various…Continue

Started by Wesley Nov 23, 2018.


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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