Great presentation of best urban practices and UMI applications through speakers and student work. I look forward to trying out the software!

Quick question - is the financial-based aspect of UMI place specific?

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Comment by Tarek Rakha on May 8, 2013 at 2:00pm

Hi Adelle,

Thanks for the feedback! The financial module in Umi is a work-in-progress (not released yet) and it is dependent on many assumptions that are market specific.

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In Short

UMI stands for Urban Modeling Interface and is a Rhino-based design environment for architects and urban planners interested in modeling the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities regarding operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. UMI is being 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.

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 will also include an embodied energy module, will be released during Fall 2014.

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