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Orthogonal extrusions

I read that building polysurfaces in Umi must be modeled as orthogonal extrusions. This is a very large limitation since most cities are fa…

Started by Max Tillberg

1 Jun 5, 2013
Reply by Tarek Rakha

Modeling issues with adjoining walls

Thank you for this nice and promising tool! I started using it and have a few questions regarding the modeling of L-shaped buildings in Rhi…

Started by Emilie

1 Jun 4, 2013
Reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec

An important work

This is excellent work and is extremely important for designers. Best of luck.

Started by Menna Dessouki

1 May 12, 2013
Reply by Tarek Rakha

Undefined Variable

Great work! I am enjoying testing UMI out but keep getting this error when it comes to the energy modeling simulation. I am using a custom…

Started by Elliot J Glassman

1 May 12, 2013
Reply by J. Alstan Jakubiec

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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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