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Application of Umi to the Middle East

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 walkabi…

Started by Snigdha Jain

1 Mar 28
Reply by Cody Rose

Why window still appears even after turn off the layer

Hello Umi community! I'm wondering whether any of you ever come across this? After set the glazing ratio for volume blocks which represent…

Started by Amy Lee

3 Mar 16
Reply by Amy Lee

Rhino Plug-in Error when running Umi

Hi All, I just downloaded Umi but after installation and I go to run Rhino, I get an plug-in error. I have the Umi icons but they don't wor…

Started by Stephany

2 Mar 14
Reply by Joana Valgode Ferro

Urban daylight plugin for grasshoper

I am not able to generate output from urban daylight plugin in grasshopper.  Some display options is missing in the panel. How can i displa…

Started by Asis Nath

1 Mar 12
Reply by Cody Rose

UMI Energy simulations

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 th…

Started by Julie Hald

1 Feb 15
Reply by Cody Rose

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…

Started by wenliang

0 Jan 2

Automatically output building floor area

Dear all, Did you have any experience about output building floor area automatically from UMI? I would like to have a CSV file containing…

Started by Amy Lee

2 Oct 26, 2017
Reply by Amy Lee

UMI energy simulation results don't change

Hi UMI team. I am having some problems running energy simulations in UMI. I have created a few templates, and when I run the energy simulat…

Started by Melisa

12 Oct 17, 2017
Reply by Ruwaa Bahgat

UWG for Urban Heat Island modelling

Hi As I want to use UWG software. Please let me know from where I can download this software and also, request you to kindly generate the U…

Started by Neha Singhal

5 Oct 2, 2017
Reply by Ruwaa Bahgat

ask for help - simulation results problem

Dear sir/madam I am writing to get some help on my current project. I have modeled my target area in Rhino and inserted all umi parameters…

Started by Siamak Shakibaee

0 Aug 18, 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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