INTRODUCTIONThe City of Hannover, Germany, has been designated as the site of the world exposition in the year2000. Hosting the world's fair on the eve of the next millennium is both a great challenge and a greatresponsibility. By choosing "Humanity, Nature, and Technology" as the theme for EXPO 2000, the cityhas decided to directly address the difficult issue of imagining and encouraging a sustainable future.Ideally, humanity will redefine itself, its placement in nature, and refine the role of technology withinthe environment.In order to insure that the design and construction related to the fair will represent sustainabledevelopment for the city, region, and world, the City of Hannover has commissioned "The HannoverPrinciples" to inform the international design competitions for EXPO 2000. The Principles are to beconsidered by designers, planners, government officials and all involved in setting priorities for thebuilt environment. They will help form the foundations of a new design philosophy underlying thefuture of proposed systems and construction for the City, its region, its global neighbors and partners inthe world exposition.World history offers many examples of societies with environmentally sustainable structures andcommunities which have endured for thousands of years. However, we have also pursued other pathswhich have led to ecologically unsustainable practices. For the development and improvement of humankind, it is imperative to renew a commitment to living as part of the earth by understandingdevelopment and growth as processes which can be sustained, not exploited to impractical limits.It is hoped that the Hannover Principles will inspire an approach to design which may meet the needsand aspirations of the present without compromising the ability of the planet to sustain an equallysupportive future.