This week, Designing Dublin were invited to present at the Academy of Urbanism. The Academy was formed in 2006 with the aim of encouraging debate on urbanism in both the UK and Ireland. The task of presenting was left to Jeremy who, despite the nerves, did a great job of conveying our story. There were a number of really inspiring speakers there on the night. In particular, Designing Dublin were really impressed with Niall O’Baoill. His work focuses on a disadvantaged community situated on the periphery of the city called Fatima Mansions. Niall told the story of how this community had rebuilt itself in the aftermath of a heroin epidemic. Some of the factual information he shared with us was astounding. Fatima Mansions had gone from a community with very little involvement with national politics to having one of the highest rates of voting of any community of it’s kind. Designing Dublin has a lot to learn from people like Niall; one of the benefits of the academy.