"What is meant by "reality"? It would seem to be something very erratic, very undependable-now to be found in a dusty road, now in a scrap of newspaper in the street, now in a daffodil in the sun... It overwhelms one walking home beneath the stars and makes the silent world more real than the world of speech. Sometimes, too, it seems to swell in shapes too far away for us to discern what their nature is. But whatever it touches, it fixes and makes permanent. That is what remains over when the skin of the day has been cast into the hedge; that is what is left of past time and of our loves and hates. (Virginia Woolf) Perspectives are images of reality and not truths in themselves. Since the activities of design are inextricably linked to human experience, any perspective concerned with our perceptions of reality are not so much concerned with truth or meaning as they are concerned with the sheer experience of being alive. To be alive suggests that new histories are being written in the frontier of change.Yet, when we speak of the frontiers of change, we are not just referring to insitutional structure nor are we speaking of revolutionary changes in the narrow political sense. What we are speaking about is a radical shift in the way we see and conceptualize our world--a shift which implies a kind of comprehensive restructuring. And while we can not specify what it will be, we are beginning to see outlines of its emergent form.This paper will examine the changing role of knowledge and its relationship to power. It will discuss ways in which accessibility to information is coming to empower individual and collective participation in the built landscape, and it will speculate on the implications such shifts in power and knowledge might have on the kind of information perceived essential to architectural education and practice.An underlying premise is that gaining insight into the dynamic reciprocal relationship between power and knowledge is critical to understanding the socio-environmental metamorphoses taking place in contemporary world culture and in the space of our everyday experiences. Yet who controls the information, how it is used, and to what end remain a question. We live in an information-based cultural environment. Our technologies are providing instruments for reorganizing and discovering new channels of expression. Knowledge, or information, once monopolized by specialist, managers, and professionals is becoming accessible to the masses. "Knowledge is power." And as knowledge is becoming redistributed, so is the power base it rests upon. In some ways, knowledge is rapidly becoming our most democratic source of power. Yet, knowledge and communication are not power neutral. What distinguishes knowledge from other sources of power is, for example, that wealth is finite. Knowledge, for all practical purposes, has the capacity to be infinite. Its unique quality: availablity. Power is unstable, and by definition, is only a means... a process of dynamic interaction. To have power really means to have entree or access to a network of relationships in which one can influence, persuade, threaten or cajole others. A distinction is made between power-to and power-over, between the will-to power and beyond power. Each of these distinctions begins to delineate a texture of the mutli-faceted nature of reality--where, in a Platonic sense, reality is one. Interpretations of reality are many."