Installing umi

To install umi 2.0, just double-click the installer, accept the license agreement, and click "Install!" No manual Rhino plugin or toolbar installation is needed; everything will be available in Rhino the next time you start it up. (If Rhino was open during installation, restart it.) umi 2.0 requires 64-bit Windows and .NET 4.5. (Rhino itself only requires 4.0, so make sure you have the correct version.)

Known Issues

  • If, during installation, you receive an error message saying "An internal error occurred" and then "Umi Setup Wizard ended prematurely," you may need to remove KB2918614 from your computer. Follow Microsoft's instructions for removing an update and then try reinstalling. (A restart will be required.) We do not expect many people to have this problem, but if you do, please let us know by emailing info@urbanmodeling.net so that we can get a sense of how widespread it is.
  • umi 2.0 requires the decimal separator to be set to a dot, not comma. While this is the default setting it might have to be changed for certain, non-English language OS settings. To adjust the setting under Windows 8 go to  START >> CONTROL PANEL >> REGION >>ADDITIONAL SETTINGS >> DECIMAL SYMBOL.

Please note that if you are running umi version 1.0, you will still have to copy all toobars (.tb) and (.rhp) files from C:\Urban-Modeling into your Rhino viewport.

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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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