Urban Modeling Interface

The Urban Modeling Interface (umi) is a multi-year effort by the Sustainable Design Lab to develop an urban modeling platform to evaluate the environmental performance of neighborhoods and cities with respect to operational and embodied energy use, walkability and daylighting potential. umi is a design environment for Rhinoceros 3d and includes an application programming interface (API) for researchers and consultants interested in adding additional performance metrics. Focus users are urban designers and planners, municipalities, utilities, sustainability consultants and other urban stakeholders. The latest public version can be downloaded from the UMI web site.