This paper presents the concept of a fiction-driven workshop that was conducted using a process called D/A/R/E. The aim of this design-orientated approach is to address environmental issues with citizens and empower them in understanding digital technology concepts. Within the framework of an urban artist research and mediation project, a pilot study on the question ‘How will we breathe tomorrow?’ was devised. For this endeavour, participants were introduced to the subject of air quality and took part in the process of creating a personal data-based future artefact with sensor technology. In the spirit of Antony Dunne and Fiona Raby, these functional artefacts were used as tools to better comprehend the present and discuss a desirable future. Additionally, they were utilised to engage the broader public in environmental, digital, and ethical issues.