"I Live Here” is something that many inhabitants of the Red Light District have yelled out of their windows. They hang up notices or call out “I Live Here!” at visitors who are causing nuisance. The City Council asked Studio Pino to lend support by creating a local campaign that has been devised in consultation with local residents.
The aim of this campaign is to make visitors aware that ordinary people live in the Red Light District, and to have them take this into account, by offering a glimpse of the people who live behind the many doors and windows. Experience teaches us that visitors modify their behavior if they are actively informed. Using life-sized photos of actual residents on their doorstep and effectively positioning them on windows and doors in the neigbourhood, and on beer mats and posters in local bars and restaurants, we raised both awareness and understanding.
In order to maximise the reach of the campaign, we also developed a website were visitors can take a look inside the homes and learn more about the residents of Amsterdam’s oldest neighbourhood.
The "We Live Here" campaign received extensive media coverage and was featured in media ranging from the local newspapers, to national and international television, even making it onto the cover page of the New York Times.
The “We Live Here” campaign is an idea of a group of concerned residents of the Red Light District and the City of Amsterdam’s campaign bureau. The photographic content was provided by Roos Trommelen. This campaign was designed and developed by Studio Pino and the code for the website was written by SolidFlux.