Zeynep Tulumen

Decoding Gentrification. Toward an Understanding of its Spatiality

Tutor: Marco Trisciuoglio
Co-tutor: Luigi Buzzacchi (Politecnico di Torino)

Gentrification, affluent newcomers – oriented process of transformation of an urban area, is attributed as one of the leading roles in reshaping the socio-economic profile of the neighborhoods. This is plausibly translating into fluctuating socio-economic geographies in city-wide occurring whereby the built environment. The research aims to reveal; the spatial pattern of gentrification on a larger scale, articulate its solid relation with the urban form and detect substantial transformations in the city’s urban asset induced by the phenomena on a smaller one.


Zeynep Tulumen was born and raised in Istanbul, later she moved to Turin for her studies. She graduated in Architecture Construction City Master’s Degree with honours with a final dissertation which dealt with the immigration phenomena. During the Master’ Degree, she attended to ASP Programme where she took part in multidisciplinary projects, together with engineers and designers, awarded with the double degree at Politecnico di Milano. Currently, she is undertaking research on the relation between urban morphology and urban economics.


2014-2017 / MSc in ‘Architecture Construction City’, 110 cum laude, Thesis with publication, Politecnico di Torino
2014-2016 / Alta Scuola Politecnica, Joint Master of Science, PoliMi and PoliTo
2011-2014 / BSc in ‘Architecture’, Politecnico di Torino

2017 / Collaborator – AMA Architettura


Selected publications

Tulumen, Zeynep, and Betsabea, Bussi. 2018. “Building Social Bridges. The Case of Porta Palazzo Market in Turin.” In Proceedings of Open City Forum, Berlin, November 2018, 16-17. Berlin: ISU, Research Group Offene Stadt