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UT forgave $5 million in federal student debt in 2021, HEERF fund distribution to continue this semester at around $28 million

January 28, 2022

Editor's note: This article was originally published in the Jan. 25, 2022 flipbook. The University forgave about $2.3 million in student debt in December 2021 through funding from the Higher Education...

UT alum James Talarico to run for state house seat in 2022 following redistricting

UT alum James Talarico to run for state house seat in 2022 following redistricting

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the November 5 flipbook.  State Rep. James Talarico, a Democrat from Round Rock, said he plans to run in 2022 for a state House seat in Austin because...

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SSD staffing shortages limit number of available appointments

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the November 5 flipbook.  As of late October, Services for Students With Disabilities does not have available appointments to process accommodations until...

Man shot in West Campus Sunday night, lack of information led to student distress on social media

Man shot in West Campus Sunday night, lack of information led to student distress on social media

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the November 2 flipbook. The Austin Police Department responded to a man shot in West Campus on Halloween night, but fireworks in the area had many students...

Co-op food trucks struggle to find a new location as the court’s closure approaches

Co-op food trucks struggle to find a new location as the court’s closure approaches

December 18, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the October 22 flipbook. Many family-owned restaurants in the University Co-op Food Court are struggling to relocate after the University decided to convert...

Austin implements increased safety measures on East 6th Street after shooting

Austin implements increased safety measures on East 6th Street after shooting

December 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the October 19 flipbook. Working as a East Sixth Street bar bouncer, Jack Corrigan said he was no more than 30 feet away from a fatal June shooting outside...

UTPD plans long-term improvements to West Campus safety following shooting, other incidents

UTPD plans long-term improvements to West Campus safety following shooting, other incidents

December 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the November 16 flipbook.  UT administration and the University of Texas Police Department announced Nov. 4 a plan to improve safety measures on...

New CMHC service available to students 24/7

New CMHC service available to students 24/7

December 14, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the October 12 flipbook. The Counseling and Mental Health Center will now provide 24/7 mental health counseling through a third-party chat and phone...

UT Refugee Student Mentor Program fundraises to cover transportation costs

UT Refugee Student Mentor Program fundraises to cover transportation costs

December 5, 2021

A group of UT students who mentor refugee children within Austin ISD is fundraising to help cover their transportation costs as many volunteers are having to travel farther outside of Austin.  “Rent...

Students protest to hold Tejas Club accountable for sexual assault allegations

Students protest to hold Tejas Club accountable for sexual assault allegations

November 30, 2021
The protest comes as the organization continues to maintain ties to multiple student members who have sexual allegations against them.
APD has not issued camping ban violations in West Campus since Prop B went into effect

APD has not issued camping ban violations in West Campus since Prop B went into effect

November 30, 2021

The Austin Police Department has not issued any camping ban citations for unhoused people in the West Campus zip code, 78705, since the ban went into effect in July, despite concerns of student safety...

Students Fighting Climate Change begin climate conversations with administration, want to speak to President Hartzell

Students Fighting Climate Change begin climate conversations with administration, want to speak to President Hartzell

November 16, 2021
Some faculty members have reached out to Hartzell, asking him to continue efforts to update the 2016 Campus Sustainability Plan.
UT researchers found Texas’ abortion rates decreased by 50% following new law

UT researchers found Texas’ abortion rates decreased by 50% following new law

November 10, 2021

The number of abortions provided in Texas for the month of September decreased by 50% compared to the same period last year due to the implementation of the state’s restrictive new law, according to...

Title IX report shows 1,415 incidents of student sexual misconduct recorded by employees

Title IX report shows 1,415 incidents of student sexual misconduct recorded by employees

October 30, 2021

UT employees submitted 1,415 complaints of student sexual misconduct to the Title IX Office from Aug.14, 2020, to Aug. 24, 2021, about 300 more reports than 2019-2020, according to a document released...

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Kevin Dalby, professor who violated UT sexual misconduct policy, receives grant from third-party research institute

October 28, 2021

Professor Kevin Dalby was awarded almost $4 million to fund a cancer research project early this October, two years after he was found in violation of UT’s sexual misconduct guidelines. The grant...

UT environmental advocacy organization demands meeting with President Hartzell to discuss climate action after being denied

UT environmental advocacy organization demands meeting with President Hartzell to discuss climate action after being denied

October 26, 2021

Calls for climate action echoed through the UT Tower Tuesday morning as a group of about 30 students protested the University’s policies towards climate change and fossil fuel investments. The organization...

On-campus reports of burglary, motor theft, domestic violence increase, crime reporting may have also risen

On-campus reports of burglary, motor theft, domestic violence increase, crime reporting may have also risen

October 8, 2021

Reported incidents of domestic violence have doubled in 2020, according to the 2021 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report released last week. On-campus reports of domestic violence increased from four...

More police officers will not help counter rising homicide rates, UT study finds

More police officers will not help counter rising homicide rates, UT study finds

October 6, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 27 flipbook. No correlation exists between the number of sworn police officers and homicide rates in Austin or nationally, according...

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Austin Energy has updated 27% of West Campus lighting fixtures in need of improvement, UT community wants faster progress

October 6, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 24 flipbook.  As of Thursday, over 1,800 concerned UT parents and community members signed a petition for the city to expedite lighting...

UT will only notify close contacts in classes with positive COVID-19 cases, leaving students concerned

UT will only notify close contacts in classes with positive COVID-19 cases, leaving students concerned

October 4, 2021

Some UT students say they are more nervous to visit campus knowing they may not be notified of a positive COVID-19 case in one of their classes. The University announced Sept. 23 that UT will only notify...

Austin city council names Joe Chacon next police chief

Austin city council names Joe Chacon next police chief

October 1, 2021

The Austin City Council confirmed Joe Chacon as the new police chief Thursday after several months of community feedback and interviews with candidates in search for a chief that would help advance public...

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Texas education leaders say COVID-19 has altered higher education standards, delivery

September 24, 2021

The pandemic has sparked new innovations and mentalities around how Texas approaches higher education, state education experts said during a virtual event Friday. As part of this year's Texas Tribune...

West Campus condo unit demolished to make way for new apartment complex, Nueces

West Campus condo unit demolished to make way for new apartment complex, Nueces

September 14, 2021
Student housing is becoming a crisis as old buildings in West Campus are replaced with luxury housing and apartment buildings increase prices without losing demand.
Austin animal shelters, student volunteers step up to house animals affected by Hurricane Ida

Austin animal shelters, student volunteers step up to house animals affected by Hurricane Ida

September 13, 2021

Editor's note: This article first appeared as part of the September 8 flipbook. The UT and Austin communities accepted and cared for the dozens of Louisianan dog and cat refugees as Hurricane Ida flooded...

UT students advocate for increased government action to help Afghan refugees

UT students advocate for increased government action to help Afghan refugees

September 10, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the September 3 flipbook.  Attia, an Afghan American, remembers being inspired when she saw a female school principal in Afghanistan 10 years ago....

UTPD opens new substation in West Campus following protests against location

UTPD opens new substation in West Campus following protests against location

September 8, 2021

The University of Texas Police Department opened a second substation last Tuesday in West Campus, despite protests from some students against the location. UTPD West is located on 25th Street and Guadalupe...

UT student living becomes less affordable as Austin housing market grows

UT student living becomes less affordable as Austin housing market grows

September 5, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 31 flipbook.  Apartment buildings, condominiums and co-ops have taken up all of the available land around UT for more than a decade,...

UT students struggle with housing at The Standard complex that was still considered a ‘construction site’ a week ago

UT students struggle with housing at The Standard complex that was still considered a ‘construction site’ a week ago

August 31, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 25 flipbook.  Students moving into The Standard at Austin, a newly constructed apartment complex, are dealing with unfurnished apartments,...

Advocacy group continues mental health efforts by advising on CMHC programs

Advocacy group continues mental health efforts by advising on CMHC programs

August 31, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared as part of the August 25 flipbook.  After mental health advocacy group Students Organizing for Support held sit-in protests last spring to rally for guaranteed...

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Police funding measure Proposition A may increase taxes or cut areas of city services

August 24, 2021
If passed, it will require Austin to have two officers per 1,000 residents, for officers to spend 35% of active duty time on community engagement and for the department to have a minimum of three cadet classes per year.
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Inclement weather causes flooding and closure at Gregory Gym

August 15, 2021
Heavy rainfall and flooding led to the closures of several Recreational Sports facilities on Sunday.
Austin creates Emergency Communications Department to handle 911 calls, moves other department functions

Austin creates Emergency Communications Department to handle 911 calls, moves other department functions

May 5, 2021

The Austin City Council approved a budget amendment April 22 that will move functions and funding from the Austin Police Department to new city departments, including an Emergency Communications Department...

Police responded to barricaded, armed subject at an apartment in Riverside, subject in custody

Police responded to barricaded, armed subject at an apartment in Riverside, subject in custody

May 4, 2021

TW:  Discussions of gun violence.  This is a developing situation, and The Daily Texan will update as more details come out.  The Austin Police Department responded to an armed subject who barricaded...

Nearly 75% of UTPD survey respondents feel safe on campus, but some say results may not reflect student body opinions

Nearly 75% of UTPD survey respondents feel safe on campus, but some say results may not reflect student body opinions

April 28, 2021
Although a majority of UT respondents to a campus safety survey conducted by the UT Police Department said they feel secure on campus and believe UTPD can effectively handle public safety crises, some students feel that the results do not represent the opinions of UT’s student population.
What to know about Proposition B on the May 1 ballot

What to know about Proposition B on the May 1 ballot

April 23, 2021
Austin voters will cast their ballot on eight different propositions May 1, including Proposition B, which would reinstate the camping ban for Austin’s unhoused population.
5 years after murder of Haruka Weiser, students, parents, faculty evaluate UT’s public safety response

5 years after murder of Haruka Weiser, students, parents, faculty evaluate UT’s public safety response

April 23, 2021
In the five years following the murder of freshman Haruka Weiser, UT has increased safety measures on and off campus to reduce crime risk. However, some advocates say additional steps could be taken to improve student safety.
UTPD hosts training to educate officers on gender-diverse identities

UTPD hosts training to educate officers on gender-diverse identities

April 20, 2021

The University of Texas Police Department held a transgender awareness training early this month to educate officers on recognizing gender identities and on the history of hate crimes towards gender-diverse...

Students hold protest demanding justice for those killed by police brutality

Students hold protest demanding justice for those killed by police brutality

April 19, 2021

Editor’s Note: Two sources within this story, Andrea and J, are identified using false names due to fear of repercussions for protesting police violence.  TW: Discussions of police brutality Student...

City officials and community advocates release plan to house 3,000 unsheltered residents by 2024

City officials and community advocates release plan to house 3,000 unsheltered residents by 2024

April 19, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 16 issue of The Daily Texan. The Summit to Address Unsheltered Homelessness in Austin released a report Thursday detailing a plan to house 3,000...

Students Organizing for Support coalition stages weekly sit-in at tower to improve mental health resources in memory of Towhid family

Students Organizing for Support coalition stages weekly sit-in at tower to improve mental health resources in memory of Towhid family

April 18, 2021
About 15 students displayed signs with phrases such as, “Stop putting mental health on the back burner” in front of the tower Friday afternoon to advocate for better mental health infrastructure at UT in memory of the Towhid family.
Shooting leaves 3 dead near The Arboretum, suspect arrested Monday morning

Shooting leaves 3 dead near The Arboretum, suspect arrested Monday morning

April 18, 2021
Three people were pronounced dead after the Austin Police Department responded to reports of an active shooter at Great Hills Trail and Rain Creek Parkway on Sunday afternoon.
Most fall 2021 classes to be held in person

Most fall 2021 classes to be held in person

April 15, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the April 13 issue of The Daily Texan. More than 91% of classes will be held face to face in the fall, Kathleen Harrison, the communications manager for...

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Former UT-Austin student died by suicide after killing family members

April 9, 2021
Trigger Warning: This story contains details of a suicide and descriptions of suicidal thoughts and ideology. This story also discusses depression, self-harm, mental illness and gun violence.
City of Austin begins search for new police chief

City of Austin begins search for new police chief

April 6, 2021
Following last summer’s national protests and confrontation with racism and police brutality, some community activists are looking toward confirming a new Austin Police Department chief from outside the department. 
Austin Public Health officials encourage safety precautions during Easter weekend, registering for COVID-19 vaccine

Austin Public Health officials encourage safety precautions during Easter weekend, registering for COVID-19 vaccine

March 31, 2021

Austin Public Health officials advised people Wednesday to continue COVID-19 safety precautions going into Easter weekend by avoiding large gatherings and to continue trying to sign up for vaccinations. “This...

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Austin approves reopening of cadet academy with changes to include training on racial inequities in policing

March 30, 2021

The Austin City Council approved a blueprint to reopen the police cadet academy Thursday with increased diversity, equity and inclusion training, but community members and activists worry the move will...

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How Austin has addressed police reform since a national reckoning with police brutality

March 24, 2021

Editor's Note: This article first appeared in the March 12 issue of The Daily Texan. Trigger Warning: Contains mentions of  police brutality, violence and racism.   After nationwide Black...

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What does lifting the mask mandate mean for Texas businesses?

March 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's March 9 print edition.   Businesses and public places must independently decide to set mask mandates and capacity limits after Gov....

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Austin Police officer charged with murder of Michael Ramos

March 11, 2021

A Travis County grand jury issued an arrest warrant with a murder charge on Wednesday for Christopher Taylor, the Austin police officer who shot and killed Michael Ramos in April 2020, according to the...

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Cops Off Campus Campaign advocates for dissolution of UTPD, Liberation Coalition-formed group

March 9, 2021

  The Liberation Coalition, a student communist group, created a movement called the Cops Off Campus campaign that starts Tuesday to protest the presence of police on and around  University campus.   The...

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How to file for loss of property following winter storm

March 4, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 26 print edition. Students who experienced flooding or power outages resulting in property damage or food loss during the...

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West Campus apartment complex fire displaces 10 people

March 3, 2021

A fire displaced about 10 residents at a West Campus apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, said Thayer Smith, division chief of the Austin Fire Department. Austin Fire Department put the fire out at...

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Governor Abbott announces 100% business capacity, end of mask mandate beginning March 10

March 2, 2021

Sheryl Lawrence and Skye Seipp contributed to this report. Editor's note: This story has been updated as information has been made available. Update Thursday at 4:30 p.m.: Texas...

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What resources are available on campus after the winter storm?

February 26, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 23 print edition. Despite this week’s higher temperatures, Austin is still reeling from the effects of last week’s...

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Students, advocates speak out about slow lighting improvements in West Campus

February 22, 2021

Local safety organizations and UT students are frustrated by the city’s lack of communication about when West Campus lighting improvements will occur to increase safety amid rising crime rates.  Austin...

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How to navigate the boil water notice and freezing, bursting pipes

February 18, 2021

Many UT students in Riverside, North Campus and West Campus have frozen or busted pipes in their apartments or are experiencing water outages amid the inclement weather. Austin Water is advising community...

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Here’s what Austin officials are saying about inclement weather

February 17, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. The Daily Texan is tracking press briefings held by city...

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Here’s what you need to know about power, water and shelter at and around UT amid severe weather

February 16, 2021

Editor’s Note: This story was updated regularly until Sunday, February 22. Information within this story may no longer be up to date. Students living off campus continue to face power and...

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Austin City Council votes to separate forensics lab from APD jurisdiction

February 12, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 9 print edition. The Austin City Council voted to separate its forensics lab from the Austin Police Department last Thursday,...

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Austin City Council approves purchase of new hotel to house people experiencing homelessness

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 5 online edition. On Thursday, Austin City Council voted to purchase Candlewood Suites to house people experiencing homelessness...

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Gov. Abbott continues opposing defunding police, threatens to withhold city funding

February 9, 2021

Editor's Note: This story first appeared in The Daily Texan's February 2 print edition. Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing for the Texas Legislature to create laws penalizing cities who reallocate...

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RecSports expands intramural opportunities for spring semester

January 29, 2021

RecSports is expanding intramural league activities this semester, after many were canceled in March as part of COVID-19 safety precautions.  Some of these activities, including volleyball, cornhole...

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In-person campus tours to resume for spring semester with social distancing guidelines in place

January 25, 2021

The Office of Admissions will resume in-person campus tours starting Feb. 1 on a limited basis, in addition to current virtual options. Prior to the pandemic, the Office of Admissions offered three...

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UT-Austin announces graduation dates for classes of 2020, 2021

January 19, 2021

The University announced Tuesday that it is planning in-person commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2021 and 2020, according to an email sent by UT President Jay Hartzell. The class of 2021 will...

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UT-Austin’s Counseling and Mental Health Center expands aid to out-of-state students through new partnership

December 3, 2020

UT’s Counseling and Mental Health Center has rolled out new services to out-of-state and out-of-country students to improve accessibility to mental health resources for students not on campus in...

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UT-Austin researchers develop new communication chip to overcome poor signals in bad weather

November 20, 2020

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering are developing a communication chip that is able to send signals in harsh weather and over greater distances. The team is developing this technology...

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UT students unable to vote absentee, frustrated that ballots never arrived

November 10, 2020

Finance sophomore Jacob Esparza requested his absentee ballot from Cameron County, Texas at the beginning of October. After two weeks of waiting, it still had not arrived.  Esparza said he had...

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UT-Austin students combat anxiety while using online proctoring software

November 10, 2020

Some students say using online proctoring programs can add a new layer of stress to exams, causing them to worry about “appearing” to be cheating. These programs, such as Proctorio or ProctorU,...

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Students launch businesses after quarantine, online classes create more flexible schedules

October 19, 2020

Some students have used their time at home during COVID-19 as an opportunity to launch new businesses based on their hobbies and passions. Public relations sophomore Alyssa Torres said the flexibility...

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Architect Liz Ogbu discusses how design must not be complacent in spatial injustice

October 8, 2020

Liz Ogbu, founder and principal of architectural design practice Studio O, said architects must fight for justice and consider the way their designs impact underprivileged communities in her lecture “Design...

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UT-Austin students stay active during pandemic with at-home workouts, RecSports services

September 30, 2020

Since getting to class has changed from commuting to campus to simply opening a laptop, it’s been more challenging for students to stay physically active while stuck at home. Lack of activity...

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Performance students prepare for online performances, practice in new spaces

September 21, 2020

Dance and theatre majors have faced obstacles this semester as they try to learn physical skills in a virtual environment with few in-person classes. According to an email that was sent to department...

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Spring Break Oasis promotes healthy ways to de-stress over break

March 12, 2020

To help relieve stress from the midterm season, students gathered at the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center on Wednesday for a mini oasis of activities and blow-up palm trees. The Longhorn...

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Harvard historian talks new documentary, Reconstruction

March 4, 2020

Filmmaker and historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. discussed his new documentary on the Black struggle for rights during Reconstruction on Tuesday with a public affairs professor. Gates showed part of his...

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Scholars discuss immigrant hardships in ‘Immigration and Imagination’ lecture

February 26, 2020

In a lecture geared toward first-year students Tuesday evening, scholars discussed the realities of immigrant life in America and encouraged people to show empathy toward immigrants. “Immigration...

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UT-Austin students celebrate Black accomplishments in STEM with festival

February 17, 2020

Students attended the second annual Black Excellence in STEM Festival on Friday to celebrate diversity and success of Black people in STEM fields.  The Cockrell School of Engineering and the College...

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Texas Theme Park Engineering Group discusses new attractions ahead of Engineers Week

February 11, 2020

The Texas Theme Park Engineering Group met Monday to go over new amusement park attractions opening around the world in 2020 and discuss the upcoming Engineers Week on campus. The student organization,...

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New UT display ‘Interface Architecture’ shows push toward AI

February 4, 2020

Using artificial intelligence and augmented reality, the School of Architecture revealed Monday a gallery of projector screens that feature a simulation of infinitely tall city block designs.  Los...

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