I am fascinated by the ideas of Psychogeography.
It’s very difficult to define but here is one take…
Psychogeography is the point where psychology and geography meet in assessing the emotional and behavioural impact of urban space. Psychogeography provides us with new ways of apprehending our surroundings, transforming the familiar streets of our everyday experience into something new and unexpected.
I like Will Self’s take on the matter, allowing the physical act of walking to puncture the psychological bubble of the micro-environments we create of the cities and places we live in.
I plan to expand on this more but meantime there is a fascinating lecture by Self to a crowd at Google outlining the premise of his book on the subject.