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The Journal of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture (JCCS-a) is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary and scientific journal that includes the fields of theory of architecture, urban design, building construction, history, town planning, ethnology, philosophy, social sciences and other disciplines with an emphasis on the built environment. The scale of research coverage ranges from studies drawn from vernacular forms in primitive societies as well as from advanced civilisations from all parts of the world. Besides, the comparison of vernacular forms and so called high cultures is strongly emphasised. In particular, cases can be drawn on a micro or a macro scale of architecture, on design related behaviour, ethnological, social or cultural studies related to space, urban and village planning and the like.

The journal is an interdisciplinary platform for the debate of comparing cultures from manifold perspectives, which is already a fixed element in the individual contributions. It is fully double-blind reviewed and is bilingual, i.e. articles are German or English with extended abstracts in both languages.


The Journal of Cultural Comparative Studies in Architecture (JCCS-a) is the journal of the Institute of Comparative Cultural Studies in Architecture (IVA-ICRA). It is a scholary publication and relevant for all who are involved in research of the built environment with a strong relation to cultural comparison of the built environment of around the world. This includes researchers and professionals from the fields of architecture, town planning, urban design, history, ethnology and human anthropology, who are concerned with the physical structures in both, the so called „high western“ and the vernacular, „primitive“ societies.


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