The Lone Star State’s destiny lies with the “Texas Triangle,” a vibrant network of metropolitan areas that represents the world’s 15th largest economy, said Henry Cisneros '68, a former mayor of San Antonio and U.S. Housing and Urban Development secretary, in his book, “The Texas Triangle: An Emerging Power in the Global Economy.”

Cisneros, an Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Architecture, came to the college for a discussion and book signing Oct. 8, 2021, in the Adams Presentation Room.

The Texas Triangle consists of three major metro areas: Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston-Galveston, and Austin-San Antonio, and the 35 urban counties that comprise those areas. The triangle will soon include four of the ten most populous cities in the U.S.

Cisneros and his co-authors, David Hendricks, a retired business editor and columnist at the San Antonio Express-News, J.H. Cullum Clark, director of the George W. Bush Institute–SMU Economic Growth Initiative, and William Fulton, director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, see the triangle as a new, strong pinnacle in the global system of economic megacenters.

Fulton and Hendricks also appeared at the lecture and book signing.

In the book, Cisneros and his co-authors describe the trajectories of each of the Texas Triangle metros in which they live and work and integrate them into a larger dynamic of functioning cohesion and effective collaboration.

“The Texas Triangle” offers community leaders, elected officials, policy makers, and others a nuanced understanding of an important moment in America’s urban development. With broad perspectives for how community-building advances the public interest, the book lays important foundations for matching the path of economic prosperity to an informed sense of what is possible.

Cisneros, who earned a Master of Urban Planning degree at the college, is the chairman of American Triple I, an infrastructure investment firm. He is also a past member of the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and a past president of Univision Communications.