“How can design be part of urban development?“ This question forms the central issue
of the exhibition „Nothing Stops Detroit“ and is elaborated upon using Detroit as an example. The exhibition first took place within the scope of the design festival Designmonat 2016 in Graz/Austria, supported by the FH Joanneum Graz. Designed as a traveling exhibition, it also was part of the Rostfest 2016 in Eisenerz/Austria. An empty building in the heart of Graz perfectly accommodated a bar and the exhibition, which introduced Detroit as a newcomer in the UNESCO City of Design network. The exhibition, the integrated bar and a supporting program treated topics like the history of Detroit, the problems resulting from the town’s bankruptcy and new trends in the urban development. The design concept of the exhibition is based on the idea of reusing material and creating elements which can be integrated in diverse locations. All parts of the exhibition were handmade and inscribed into the exhibition space. The content was adapted for multimedia projections e.g. slideshows, videos on tablets, space-filling HD-projections, a video installation on old fashioned TV-sets and projections on the facade.