Dual Tone refers to interstitial space between past and future, the boundary between structure and organic, or the line between art and philosophy. This theme encapsulates the binary quality of design and its ability to spark both a sensory and cognitive thought. Designers are urged to focus on the colorful history of design and explore its political, social and economic affiliations. The theme is open to creative interpretation and freedom, however, installations should emphasize a linking of oppositional elements - the convergence of past and future through innovative representation.


Every successful work in design or the built environment traces itself to a past moment, movement or technique. These installations pay homage to those origins, recalling the authenticity, vibrance, and urban spirit of past decades to create a design that renews our contextual fabric. Design groups are encouraged to highlight the relationship between human and space - urban fabric and design. This can be further explored through elements of nostalgia, changes in perception or the evolution of urban icons like graffiti art.


The design industry is facing unprecedented times with the emergence of digital technologies, changes in the social landscape, and the advent of new environmental perspectives. These elements serve as the backdrop for this theme and encourages design groups to explore new narratives in design. The following installations should focus on innovations which renew existing design paradigms and propose an alternate future. Taking inspirations from one’s own experience, common perspectives and future trends, and synthesizing those elements into a singular narrative.


2D Experiential Projection is executed as a digital graphic narrative to be presented virtually through video, motion graphics, or other digital platforms/methods.


3D Experiential Space is executed as a virtual model experience with supplementary images and scale models as part of the overall documentation.