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Questions about large buildings

Hello, I have a couple questions regarding umi and it's capabilities and limitations so that I can decide whether it is the right tool for…

Started by Wesley

11 Jul 11, 2018
Reply by Cody Rose

Difference of Results in Umi

Hi, I am a grad student at Kuwait University, studying architecture I use Umi as the main simulation tool for my thesis paper below, I am u…

Started by Sayed Abbas Al Mohri

0 Jul 8, 2018

Day lighting Simulation

Hi, I have installed UMI in my Rhino 5.0, but can only see Energy, lifecycle, mobility and site tabs. Does UMI also have Daylighting calcul…

Started by Harshavardhan Vinjam

9 Jun 30, 2018
Reply by Harshavardhan Vinjam

UMI for Rhino 6

I have purchased the New Rhino 6 License just to use UMI, but the plugin seems to not work with it. Does Rhino 6 Support UMI?

Started by Harshavardhan Vinjam

1 May 30, 2018
Reply by Cody Rose

Loading Error with UMI in Rhino 5.

I tried installing UMI on my PC. The installation went fine and successfully completed. When I start Rhino it says that the plugins are not…

Started by Harshavardhan Vinjam

0 May 30, 2018

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…

Started by Tim Choi

0 Apr 25, 2018

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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
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, 2018
Reply by Cody Rose


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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