Making Sense: Take Care 1012

Sensory Mapping Project, Red Light District, Amsterdam (2020)

Take Care 1012 focused on the ways in which the urban environment exerts pressures on bodies and how, as a result, the senses can play a role in telling a story about city life. Located in the still-emergent field of sensory urbanism, our research took place in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. 

Take Care 1012 was a collaboration between affect lab, The Prostitution Information Centre (Amsterdam), creative cultural practitioner Roelof van Wyk, and writer-researcher Bob van Toor. Take Care 1012 advisory partners included Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Mobile City, Failed Architecture, STIPO and 3 Layers. Making Sense: Take Care 1012 was supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL architecture grant. 

Through sensory research and affective storytelling, Take Care 1012 brought together spatial-cultural history, the urban environment and public assemblages to speculate on ways of relating and being in the world together.

March 2020-June 2020: Take Care 1012 focused on the largely uncharted olfactory landscape of the Red Light District. By exploring embodied perspectives,  we examined relationships between inhabitants, visitors, creatures, material and immaterial forces in ways that generated alternative insights into the district.

READ an essay about our research here.  


Amsterdam Red Light District Sensory  Research
The Red Light District, abandoned during the coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands. photo: Antal Guszlev
Take Care 1012 Amsterdam Red Light District copyright Antal Guszlev
The Oudekerksplein (Red Light District, Amsterdam) abandoned during the coronavirus lockdown in the Netherlands. photo: Antal Guszlev