The social sciences deal with a variety of material or immaterial, fixed or moving,

enduring or ephemeral phenomena.1 Among these phenomena, buildings and

urban form are intuitively and generally considered as material, fixed and endur-

ing entities. They are also often seen as having been produced by local forces,

materials and resources. The regional, the traditional and indigenous – the ‘loca-

tion’ within these forms – have long been favoured compared to the seemingly

anonymous processes of internationalisation and globalisation (Canizaro 2006).