Rigamajig is a large-scale building kit for hands-on free play and learning. The collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope allows children to follow their curiosity through play.
Originally conceived by Cas as a pop-up playground for the High Line Park in NYC, the Rigamajig has found its way into hundreds of schools, playgrounds, children’s museums, and backyards. The award-winning design is evolving and expanding as we learn from our pilot schools and playful friends.
National non-profit KaBOOM! has partnered with Heroes Will Rise to help give kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Visit the Rigamajig website for more info.
A scaled-down version of the Rigamajig Basic Builder Kit encourages playful experimentation.
Building with this simple set of parts helps children combine imagination with cognitive thinking and invention, embrace process over outcome, and empower them to be makers of their own worlds.
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Anji Play is the internationally-recognized early childhood curriculum developed and tested over the past 15 years by educator Cheng Xueqin. Today, AnjiPlay is the curriculum of the 130 public kindergartens in Anji County, China serving more than 14,000 children from ages 3 to 6. Through sophisticated practices, site-specific environments, unique materials and integrated technology AnjiPlay is quickly establishing itself as a new global standard for early childhood education. Love, Risk, Joy, Engagement, Reflection,these are the guiding principles of AnjiPlay.
Since 2014 Cas has been working with Cheng Xueqin, Dr. Chelsea Bailey, and Jesse Coffino along with a group of internationally renowned academics, play activists and educators to bring the Anji Play movement to the rest of the world. Cas works closely with the team to design what this will look like, and how it will happen.
Cas believes Anji Play as the most ideal educational model for a future of independent, creative, self-assured citizens.
The 14th St Y Movescape is a literal and conceptual platform for play and explorative learning. Working closely with the director and teachers at the Early Education Center, Cas Holman re-imagined the Y’s rooftop playground as a landscape for flexible use. The multi-tiered deck has slopes, curves, nooks and patterns in wood to inspire active imaginative play. By plugging vertical posts into the deck, children and teachers can transform the space into a stage, fort village, or field of patterned and colored forms creating play with light, shadow, reflection, and color. Seasonally these posts enable experiments with the elements at childs-eye level. A rain gauge, snow drift plates, icicle maker are a few examples of ways the Movescape can be activated by the curriculum in playful ways. Best of all, these “plug-in’s” can be invented, created, and tested by children with found materials.
Because of it’s prime location and coveted open-air space, the roof is also an asset to the Y as an event space. The new design will make gatherings, rooftop movie screenings, outdoor yoga, live performances, stargazing and lectures on the roof all the more exciting as either amphitheater or stage. Click here to find out more.
Cas was in the process of making gifts for her collaborators at Friends of the High Line when Areaware called up looking for new products. They saw the prototypes in Cas’ studio and convinced her to develop them as products instead. Inspired largely by building blocks (no surprise in Cas’ case) and the curious, chunky characters found in geometric shapes, these function.
In her role as Associate Professor at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Cas worked in collaboration with Nicole Merola (RISD Liberal Arts) and the strategic leadership at LEGO Education Denmark to run a year long research course involving more than 30 students. Graduate and undergraduate students from all disciplines at RISD embarked on a critical imagining of the roles of analog and digital making in the future of American culture and education.
Geemo was invented while Cas was pursuing her MFA at Cranbrook, and launched at the NY MoMA Design Store in 2007. It has since won numerous awards and shown in design and toy fairs in Moscow, Tokyo,Seoul, New York, Hamburg and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sold in Geemanisms of 5, Geemo’s flexible magnetic limbs grab and repel each other in unpredictable ways. As Geemo comes to life in your hands, you can build, discover, create, and imagine with this new species of toy.
Cas worked with factories in the US, China and ultimately Japan to bring Geemo to the market. Currently manufactured in a small factory in Tokyo, Geemo is distributed by Brooklyn Junior and Case, Japan.
Designed as a custom play feature for the High Line, this collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, “wingbolts” and rope allow children to follow their curiosity while playing. There are no wrong answers, and while the pieces can come together in the form of a structure used to convey buckets or materials, they can also become a giraffe, monster, robot, airplane or just a “thingy”. Here the act of playing and playing and building is the goal, not the finished product.
Developed in collaboration with Early Learning Educators and Friends of the High Line, the Workyard Kit reflects the High Line’s industrial history and simple, honest materiality. check here to find it in the park
Cas worked with the New York Coalition for Play to bring form to the ideals of free play. Contributing designer, illustrator, playworker. She was a collaborator and ongoing design advisor for Pop Up Adventure Play
A few of the festivals we participated in:
(for Rockwell Group) Cas was brought onto a team to re-imagine the archetypal playground and playground furniture. Through working with early childhood specialists and the NYC parks department, this set of “loose parts” became a key feature and driving concept of the playground.
The large building blocks were an enormous success, and in an effort to simplify their use and find wider distribution, a mobile storage unit was designed to translate the playground into a “pop-up” and is now found throughout the world in schools, children's museums and playgrounds.
A design/build project, Cas worked on a team with Joep Van Lieshout and Principal Architect MVRDV, on spaces for the Lloyd Hotel, Amsterdam. The Music Room includes a vertical bathroom and curved staircase leading to a “family bed” that accommodates 12. The Cubicle Bathroom provides necessary amenities in a free-standing, open structure.
Why expect our objects and tools to be more perfect than ourselves? When we are tired, we rest; broken we fall, and when the time comes to perform a task, we do our best to stand up to be sat upon. A system of 12 pulleys make this chair work.