The contemporary is as obvious as it is nuanced, you know when you are looking at it even when it radically shifts course and you can’t yet describe it.

It projects an intelligence and profundity, and cultivates popularity. But the contemporary is as ambivalent as it is certain. Sometimes it claims a lot yet delivers little. Alternatively, it may deliver a lot without claiming anything at all.

Regardless, it looks, it thinks, it examines, it does and it reconsiders, but perhaps too soon as it is often too late. Yet temporality doesn’t concern the contemporary all that much, as it is as fleeting as it is concrete, and never over because it is always just beginning.

concerning contemporary focuses on those attitudes and gestures that claim to constitute contemporaneity within architectural practice today.

cc: does not describe ambition or explain intentions, it articulates the residual, that which is latent, sensed but unsaid.

Never the primary addressee but a necessary presence, cc: bears witness to unfolding conditions and responds with subtlety, nuances and witticism when concerned. cc: speaks to the questions contemporary architecture is never asked.

cc: is an online journal, publishing bi-weekly short form essays, observations and remarks about contemporary buildings and practices.

cc: writes about those projects you like to look at in 2G, El-Croquis, Afasia, Divisare and Subtilitas. And, those images you post, save and share on Instagram. 

The journal has no thematic editions, just occasional posts. Therefore, cc: is always open for proposals. For submission guidelines please contact

cc: was founded by Colby Vexler, who currently edits the journal.

Logotype by Amy Yu  

We acknowledge the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation, as the custodians of the land on which this project was conceived. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. As a publication that seeks international contribution, we  also acknowledge the traditional owners and indigenous peoples of the lands in which our contributors are located.

Image Credits: 1. No.10 House with Courtyard, Mos Architects. Photograph: Michael Vahrenwal/ ESTO 2. House A, Ryue Nishizawa. Photograph: Hisao Suzuki 3. Terrassenhaus Berlin, Brandlhuber+ Emde, Burlon 4. Hillside Gardens, Adam Khan. Photograph: Huw Morgan & Lewis Khan 5. T12, Bast. Photograph: Bast 6. House and Restaurant in Yamaguchi, Junya Ishigami. Photograph: Restaurant Noel 7. Low Carbon House, Bruther. Render: ArtefactoryLab.