Quotes of the day: a return to simplicity

“By the end of the boom, design was getting outrageous and unreal. I think it’s going to be simpler going forward. Everybody is conserving their assets and living more modestly, and I think the same thing is happening in architecture.”

“The high-tech look that was so hot in the 1990s and early 2000s has been supplanted. I think some of these things — like Calatrava’s extravaganzas — are going to look really, really dumb in the future.”

Lohan Anderson principal Dirk Lohan and architectural historian Robert Bruegmann on the future of high-rise designs in Chicago. This month Chicago Magazine surveys the scenes at local architecture firms like Lucien Lagrange and Pappageorge / Haymes to see how the economic downturn has and will affect building designs in the coming years.

(Hat tip to Blair Kamin’s Cityscapes blog for the link.)

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