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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 Energy simulations 1 Reply

Hi all, I'm using UMI for a project, but I'm having trouble figuring out which parameters are considered when UMI runs a simulation of the operational energy in relation to the surrounding buildings.…Continue

Started by Julie Hald. Last reply by Cody Rose Feb 15.

UMI doesn't show up on Rhino

Hi, I just started using UMI for my research, I have Rhino 5.0 Evaluation installed, I successfully installed UMI,When I open Rhino, UMI doesn't show up there. I am wondering if I need to go…Continue

Started by wenliang Jan 2.

replace touchscreen UMI PLUS E

When I first wired the phone to replace the screen, I took a new screen into the service.The replacement has not been done properly, so after a few months I have a broken phone again.I decided to fix…Continue

Tags: E, PLUS, UMI

Started by Zoran Veselinovic Dec 15, 2017.

"...the object that accepts Null values ​​must have a value..."

Hello, My name is Felipe, I'm a master's thesis student at "Universidad Del Bio Bio". I want to try the UMI tool in my research for the analysis of an area of ​​the city of Concepción, Chile. I am…Continue

Started by JOSE VELOSO AGUAYO Dec 4, 2017.


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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