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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


Clean and Precise Boston + Cambridge Context Model

Hello,In order to perform an urban analysis, does MIT have a clean Rhino Model of Boston and Cambridge?The BPDA from City Hall does have a DWG format of the 3D Context model, however it is not quite…Continue

Started by Tim Choi Apr 25.

Application of Umi to the Middle East 1 Reply

Hello,Please can you advise if the tool can be applied to the Middle East? For example, if I wanted to change the criteria for the walkability score (change the weighting or the parameters), is that…Continue

Started by Snigdha Jain. Last reply by Cody Rose Mar 28.

Fdist in UMI

What is the Fdist means in the building setting panel?Continue

Started by Asis Nath Mar 17.

Why window still appears even after turn off the layer 3 Replies

Hello Umi community!I'm wondering whether any of you ever come across this? After set the glazing ratio for volume blocks which represent buildings, no matter turning off the layer or delete the…Continue

Tags: window

Started by Amy Lee. Last reply by Amy Lee Mar 16.


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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