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Holes of Matter is a design research practice exploring voids as sources of freedom, diversity, and spontaneity within our regulated and patterned urban reality.

Agricultural landscapes (bed-furrow-bed-furrow), city fabrics (street-block-street-block), block configurations (driveway-flowerbed-entry-driveway-flowerbed-entry), glass curtain walls (glazing-mullion-glazing-mullion), apartment layouts (entry-kitchen-room-room-room), and many other patterns of organization (etcetera-etcetera-etcetera) are used by processes of urbanization and inhabitation. Such patterns are designed in accordance to our social, cultural, artistic, and ecological conceptions, as well as our technological and economic capacities. Relationships between patterns are constantly optimized through technical means, constantly fine-tuned to current cultural meanings, constantly re-assessed in their political repercussions, constantly re-evaluated for their aesthetic implications, and constantly questioned for their ecological impact.

Within this patterned environment, voids are opportunities for the unplanned and the unpredictable to emerge: they are openings for freedom, diversity, and spontaneity, which are unpatterned and unpatternable. Voids are outsides to the prevailing context.