Instead of the passive user, this chapter considers the reactive user and the creative

user. For reasons of self-protection architects, collectively as a professional body

attempting to monopolize a practice, often devalue the user. However, a number of

individual architects recognize the influential role of the user in the formulation of

architecture. This chapter discusses architects’ awareness of user creativity, while

the next focuses on writers’ and artists’ evaluations of the creativity of the reader,

viewer and user, and their influence on architects.