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 on May 6 2013 during a public symposium on Sustainable Urban Design on May 6th 2013 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Version 2, which will also include an embodied energy module, will be released at the end of May 2014.


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Excellent Seminar.

Posted by Adelle York on May 8, 2013 at 11:02am 1 Comment

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?


Next release (May 2014) - GH features?

Started by Emilie Mar 3. 0 Replies

Hello UMI team,I'd like to know what additional features will be offered in the next release, particularly in the Grasshopper version. For example, will it become possible to use the animation slider…Continue

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Changing Occupant density

Started by Margelou Stavroula. Last reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec Jan 8. 1 Reply

Dear all,I am trying to run different simulations by changing the occupant density(e.g. zone area/person) in the building template, but nothing changes in the energy consumption results. I would…Continue

Photovoltaic example file

Started by Margelou Stavroula. Last reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec Jan 8. 1 Reply

Dear all,Since I don't have much experience in Umi I would like to ask you if there is any example file of creating the photovoltaic panels?Thank you in advanceMargelou StavroulaContinue

Umi expiration

Started by Margelou Stavroula. Last reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec Jan 8. 3 Replies

Dear All,I was trying to run some simulations in Rhino but unfortunately Umi has expired since the 1st of January. I tried to redownload it but it says that the publisher cannot be verified and the…Continue



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