"This paper examines how globalization has affected building design and construction in India. The discussion is framed in the context of residential architecture because the house or dwelling unit is one of the most significant indicators of people's spatial interpretation of their particular socio-cultural milieu. Bachelard (1994, p.3, 4) maintains that the house is a privileged entity for study since it represents a person's "first universe, a real cosmos in every sense of the word." The Indian residential context provides a fertile ground for investigation because the commonest type of house is "a remarkable achievement, for it appears to have been designed with no regard to style whatever" Tillotson (1989; p. 145)."