« 2022. # 5 (167)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2022. № 5 (167), 1059—1079

UDK 721(477.85/.87-22)”1990/2018″

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2022.05.1059



  • ORCID ID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1900-8948
  • Doctor of Sciences in History, Senior Researcher
  • of the Institute of Ethnology
  • of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine,
  • in the Department of Historical Ethnology,
  • Svobody Avenue, 15, 79000, Lviv, Ukraine,
  • Contacts: e-mail: radovychroman@gmail.com

Abstract. In the process of development, various factors that determine the functional viability, regional diversity, appearance, etc. of both individual objects (residential, public and other purposes) and the architectural complex as a whole influenced on folk architecture. In fact, all this determines the relevance of the paper.

The author aims to identify the features of rural development of modern Hutsul village in independent Ukraine, to trace the specific features of its components, the degree of external influences, the use of traditional elements of local folk architecture, and to clarify the understanding of indigenous concepts such as «Hutsul architecture», in general, and «modern Hutsul architecture».

The object of research is the traditional folk architecture of the Hutsuls, and the subject — its development in modern times.

The methodological basis of the study is the principle of historicism in combination with elements of structural and functional analysis and the use of basic methods of ethnological science: typological, comprehensive and retrospective analysis, historical reconstruction and more. The territory of the study covers the entire territory of Hutsul region within Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia and Chernivtsi regions.

The period of the research: the beginning of the 1990s—2018 inclusive.

In modern ethnological science, the declared problem has been never considered, so the basis of the work is information collected during expeditions conducted in 2015—2018; tourist and recreational complexes, catering establishments — huts, as well as small architectural forms (chapels, roadside wells, fences), etc.

Keywords: Hutsul region, modern architecture, housing, sacred buildings, tourist and recreation complexes.

Received 30.09.2022


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