To be fair, we tried to achieve complex layouts at some point, it was called the adaptative layout spec.
See here for samples: http://sorotokin.com/adaptive/
- Peter Sorotokin is a beast, no doubt about it.
- The Polyfill is BRUTAL.
- the whole thing with regions and affiliated is that it’s borderline complex and is very painful to author (even with software) and scale.
So there is probably a middle ground we can find in columns + CSS figures.