The late architect Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe described his design philosophy with a simple mantra: "Less is more." Those three words shaped the world of architecture for a generation. Countless sleek, black towers of steel and glass soared skyward around the world from the 1940s through the '70s.
But today it seems more is more. In its August issue, Vanity Fair has published the results of its survey of the most important architectural works of the past 30 years. The winners — chosen by architects, critics, and academics — are striking, whimsical and even audacious. Architecture correspondent Matt Tyrnauer, who wrote the piece that accompanies the survey, speaks with NPR's Liane Hansen about the committee's selections.