Starting a new umi project

To start a new umi project, click the "umi" button in the umi toolbar:

You'll see the following splash screen:

Click the "Start New Project" button to get started. If you've got existing geometry you want to use, have it open before starting your project, or start from a blank document to create a new project from scratch. You'll be asked where to save your umi "bundle", or project file:

Put it wherever you like. From now on, this file will contain everything needed to use your umi project, and any original geometry you started from will remain untouched. You can also open an existing umi project from the Example Projects page.

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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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