The Inventive Gondola
The Inventive Gondola
On a recent trip to Venice I learnt a little about the design of the gondola and was delighted to discover that it displays a number of TRIZ inventive principles.
The hull of the gondola is asymmetric (Inventive Principle #4) in order to counteract the asymmetric force of the single oar (the rÃ¨mo).
Further asymmetry in the hull shape ensures that the gondola floats upright even though the gondolier stands on one side of the vessel â€“ indeed, with nobody aboard a gondola takes on a distinct list to starboard â€“ an example of prior counter-action (Inventive Principle #9).
Similarly the weight of the distinctive metal fÃ¨rro at the bow helps to counteract the weight of the gondolier at the stern â€“ an example of both prior counteraction and also equipotentiality (Inventive Principle #12).
I was also intrigued by the complex shape of the gondolaâ€™s rowlock (the fÃ³rcola) which provides for as many as eight different rowing positions for the oar â€“ a form of universality (Inventive Principle #6).
So, should you ever find yourself taking a romantic gondola ride along the canals of Venice, donâ€™t forget your Inventive Principles!
TRIZ facilitator, trainer, problem solver and consultant for Oxford Creativity - a TRIZ company based in Oxford, United Kingdom. www.triz.co.uk
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