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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


Error messages 3 Replies

Hi!I was trying to run the different simulations but I could only manage to get results with the LCA sim. With the other analyses I've got several different error messages:FAR sim: "There are no…Continue

Started by Diana Apro. Last reply by Cody Rose 2 hours ago.

Rhino crash 5 Replies

Hello, I've installed rhino and umi.but when I tried to render a file (which I also created with Rhino), rhino always crashed (rhinoceros has stopped working), asking me to close the program as it…Continue

Tags: render, umi, crash, rhino

Started by Roland A.N.. Last reply by Cody Rose 2 hours ago.

Advanced setting

Hi! This is the first time we use UMI 2, and we'd need for clarification about the parameters (you can see in the pictures into the red frame) to be inserted in the program. Thanks!Sandro…Continue

Tags: #umi

Started by Sandro on Tuesday.

umi 1 Reply

Hello, I install UMI, but I have trouble using it.I can not visualize the different options for the toolbar, always shows the same window by clicking on the different icons.And with urban daylighting…Continue

Started by VICTORIA. Last reply by Cody Rose Dec 3.


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. Umi is being 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.

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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