April 8, 2020
We are sorry to hear of the sad passing of Mark Baines, architect, teacher and urban theorist at the Glasgow School of Art.
Mark, of all the the city’s practitioners and thinkers, had the clearest vision and understanding of the past and future shape and form of Glasgow. His consistent and committed advocacy of the legacy of Greek Thomson in the form of the city as urban wall, is to be found in decades of fervent student study of the urban block and its makeup. Also in his seminal Park Quadrant project which remains one of the great unbuilt studies of contemporary living, and in the belated built achievement of Glasgow Cross with Gholami Baines in what is brilliant set piece construction of everything he stood for.
Mark’s unwavering stoical dedication to the city’s backcloth for urban life as the background for the walkable and social city, will be a source of inspiration for all now who seek to help the city rediscover itself after this dark time in Glasgow’s story is passed.