Professor Igea Troiani collaborated with Soundview Media on an immersive 360-degree documentary short entitled ‘Sustaining the Civic’ that tells the story of arguably, Plymouth’s most iconic building, the Civic Centre.
Since it was built, the fourteen-story Civic Centre has been the “marmite” of Plymouth’s architecture, both loved and hated. Constructed as part of the optimistic, welfare state post-war 'Plan of Plymouth' by Abercrombie and Paton-Watson and opened in 1962 by Queen Elizabeth II, the then proud symbol of Plymouth on the up has since fallen into disrepair and was at risk of being demolished. But after its heritage listing for its architectural significance, the council unable to fund the cost of its repair, sold the state asset to private developers. By putting the viewer in the immersive space of the Civic Centre surrounds, the film combines a short narrative history with archival material sourced from The Box to discuss the future civic opportunities for the building's refurbishment as Plymouth recovers from the global pandemic. Narrated and presented by Igea, the story is also told through the eyes of Plymouthians whose vox pops in 1962 and 2021 attest to its civic potential.