$100,000 for a 500 square foot studio makeover? $28,000 for an information desk and sitting area? $22,000 for a pavilion?
For the same price as the pavilion, you could get a lifetime supply of hot dogs.
To me the point of low cost design is that the average person has access to high quality design. However well designed they are, I think these projects are expensive for what they are.
I think the bridge is a better example though, because it looks like they made something special out of something that could have been very mundane, and because it's something normal people will use in their daily lives.