Tolga Ünlü took his bachelors, masters and PhD degrees at the Department of City and Regional Planning, Middle East Technical University in Turkey. He has researched on the physical development and planning history of Turkish cities, especially of Mersin, and their morphological transformation. In this research, he has developed propositions to solve the problems of production and shaping of the built environment. These have been realized in several projects. Among these are Tarsus Historic City Centre Urban Design Project, Mersin Historic City Centre Regeneration Project, and Urban Projects for Mezitli.
His main research areas are urban design, design control, urban morphology and planning, and urban history. He has been working at the University of Mersin in Turkey since 2006 and as a member of the Department of City and Regional Planning. He has been Vice-Director of the Centre for Mediterranean Urban Studies since July 2011.
Ünlü, T. and Selvi Ünlü, T. (2012) Developing Commerce, Changing City: Mersin, 1850-1950, Mersin, Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry Publications, Mersin Series-2.
Ünlü, T. (2012) ‘Transformation of a Mediterranean port city into a ‘city of clutter’: Dualities in the urban landscape - The case of Mersin’, Cities, DOI: 10.1016/j.cities.2012.03.004
Ünlü, T. (2012) ‘Commercial development and morphological change in Mersin from the late nineteenth century to the mid-twenties: modernization of a mercantile port of exchange in the Eastern Mediterranean’, Planning Perspectives pp.81-102.
Ünlü, T. (2011) ‘Towards the Conceptualization of Piecemeal Urban Transformation: The Case of Mersin, Turkey’, Built Environment pp. 445-61.
Selvi Ünlü, T. and Ünlü, T. (2009) Mersin from Railway Station to the Lighthouse, Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry Publications, Mersin Series-1.
Ünlü, T. (2006) ‘Kentsel Mekanda Degisimin Yönetilmesi’ (Management of Urban Change), METU Journal of Faculty of Architecture pp. 63-92.