Dérive is a research-driven practice operating between architecture, public space and urban strategies. A collaboration founded by Hedwig van der Linden and Kevin Westerveld with the motivation to provide air within complex transition challenges. We explore the act of walking and fieldwork to create narrative concepts needed to bridge the gap between imagination and implementation. We seek synergy between conceptual thinking and cocreative practice. We create space for dialogue and make connections by (co)creating local coalitions already during the research and design process. In doing so, we start from the qualities and resources of existing habitats.