Courtesy Zonda

While summer is just getting underway, the BUILDER and Zonda teams are already planning for the fall when our Future Place conference will take place. From Oct. 9 to 11, attendees will gather at the Ritz-Carlton Resort, Las Colinas, in Irving, Texas, to explore the future of master-planned communities.

If you haven’t attended in the past, here are some top reasons why you should join us at this event where developers and builders meet.

1. Back to Texas: Following its Tampa, Florida, location last year, the conference returns to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As the No. 1 market in the country for new-home closings and one of the top master plan hot spots, it felt fitting to jump from the Sunshine State back to the Lone Star State for 2024.

2. Top-Tier Content: From Lone Star Lessons, a Texas CEO panel, to Future Gazers, a conversation exploring the possibilities of 3D-printed neighborhoods, extended reality, and car-less communities, the event’s three-day agenda will be packed with informative panels with leading experts. Be on the lookout for sessions on design and density, land and capital, the marketing continuum, cutting-edge amenities, and more.

3. Networking: One of Future Place’s main goals is to connect land developers, home builders, architects, and engineers. There will be copious amounts of opportunities to connect, make deals, and strategize with hundreds of industry players, whether it's during a break, over dinner, or on the fairways of TPC Las Colinas.

4. Celebrating: At the event, the 2024 BUILDER Legends Award winner will be unveiled. This award recognizes the accomplishments of some of the country’s top developers. Previous winners include Lakewood Ranch’s Rex Jensen, Hillwood Communities’ Fred Balda, Johnson Development Corp.’s Larry Johnson, and FivePoint Holdings’ Emile Haddad.

5. Development Tour: Sometimes presentations, pictures, and videos don’t do a community justice. On the third day of the conference, Oct. 11, our team is scouting a location for an in-person development tour. Although additional registration will be required, it gives attendees and opportunity to see, walk, and learn about a project firsthand, a true treat compared with a screen.

Register at by Aug. 4 for the early-bird rate of $695 for general admission attendees or $995 for industry partner attendees. After that, the regular registration fee will be $895 for general admission attendees and $1,195 for industry partners.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact John Tatusko at [email protected] for more information.