Quality design not only enhances the built environment, It's also the best recession busting mechanism out there for the architectural profession. Regardless of if you are a principal or an employee, when the time comes for commissions, the cream rise. so if you are down on work you may want to take a hard look at yourself (and your designs). Maybe those grand ideas weren't quite as spectacular, or practical as you thought they were.
Perhaps going back to basics, and understanding our true role in society as a positive impactor on our environment, rather than mere 'bubble gum' designs, we can rediscover some serious quality architecture.