Representatives of the world's largest gathering of architects
signed a "declaration of independence" on 21 June 1993 outlining a
commitment to place environment concerns "at the forefront of the
building process." Leaders of the American Institute of Architects
and the International Union of Architects--representing more than
900,000 architects from nearly 100 countries--drafted the
declaration during a four-day convention that was conceived as a
follow-up to the Earth Summit.