Walking in the city is to experience the disjuncture of partial vision/partial consciousness. The narrative of this walking is belied by a simultanaiety we know and yet can not experience. As we turn the corner, our object disappears around the next corner. The sides of the street conspire against us. The walkers of the city travel at different speeds. The experience of a city today is a postmodern experience. A pastiche of styles and cultures collectively present themselves to the viewer as architecture. Postmodernism is not a style but a cultural dominant: a conception which allows for the presence and coexistence of a range of very different, yet subordinate features. A collection of subordinate features gives way to a dominant impression. The present city is made up of everything that precedes it and looks ahead to the future. The modern experience is fractured, fractured experience takes advantage of memory, representation and perception. Fusing the perceived with the known dilutes the experience of the unexpected. Can nothing be a surprise? History begins a ground level with footsteps...The motions of walking are spatial creations. They link sites to one another. Walking through the city is a walk in history. Moving along designated paths to specific sites. Each site has a purpose, a function. It is a collage of meaning, styles and energy. The experience of the present represents the random cannibalization of all styles of the past. The city. Striving for an ideal. A simulacrum. Copies based on some modified ideal continually changing with technology. Making identical copies for which no original exists. Copies of copies. Copies based on memory. Copies based on new ideas. Copies based on history. History. History is the facts. History is the telling of the facts. History is a representation. The perceivable present is a pastiche, anchored. "The history of aesthetic styles have displaced real history." The alienated city. Home of many individuals. Moving. Without a sense of place. Without identity. "The alienated city is above all a space which people are unable to map either their own positions or the urban totality in which they find themselves." Mapping existence...mapping through time and across space. The city as a place for historic action and change. The city speaks to it's inhabitants. People. People as both the subject and object of knowledge. Power. Power is not a negative force. Power is a positive form when it enables the production of knowledge. The city as power. The city as architecture. Panopticism. The panopticon is an architectural construction. Only the observer remains unseen. Compared to modern technology. Surveillance is omnipresent. Hierarchical observation. The city as representation. The historic and present function of representation of and within a city...Historic construction.