Making Sense: Take Care 1012

Sensory Mapping Project, Red Light District, Amsterdam (2020-2022)

Take Care 1012 is located in the still-emergent field of sensory urbanism. It pays attention to 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. Research takes place in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. 

READ an essay about our research here.  

Take Care 1012 is 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 include Het Nieuwe Instituut, The Mobile City, Failed Architecture, STIPO and 3 Layers. Making Sense: Take Care 1012 is supported by the Creative Industries Fund NL architecture grant. 

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

In Phase 1 (March 2020-June 2020) Take Care 1012 focuses on the largely uncharted olfactory landscape of the Red Light District. By exploring embodied perspectives,  we can examine relationships between inhabitants, visitors, creatures, material and immaterial forces in ways that may generate different insights into the district.


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