The Opacity Initiative is our yearly design review where outside experts from varied disciplines are invited to evaluate our work and offer their feedback. In 2020, we hosted a virtual event with five outside critics who reviewed and critiqued a portfolio of work from our offices around the globe.

This book traces that Opacity event and the 18 projects the jurors recognized.

The title of this fourth Opacity book, Emmetropia, is a response to the pandemic environment during which the review took place: trapped at home, viewing the world’s event through our computer screens and tablets. For many architects, it means they are literally creating the world while apart from it. Projects included were recognized for their forward-thinking principles that focus squarely on the future; with sustainability and resilience at the forefront, we can look forward to places and spaces that bring users closer to the environment and, once again, back to each other.