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Art Competitions at the 1948 London Summer Games:

Mixed Architecture, Designs For Town Planning

Art Competitions at the 1948 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Date Started: July 29, 1948
Date Finished: August 14, 1948

Gold: FIN Yrjö Lindegren
Silver: SUI Edy Knupfer
SUI Werner Schindler
Bronze: FIN Ilmari Niemeläinen


The winning entry in the competition for designs for town planning was sent in by [Yrjö Lindgren]. The Finnish architect had designed the stadium for the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were never held due to the outbreak of World War II. The stadium, though, was eventually used for the 1952 Olympics, shortly before Lindgren's death. It remains in use today, having hosted two World Athletics Championships (1983 and 2005) and being home to the Finnish football team. Lindgren's gold medal was not for his stadium, but for an athletics center in Varkaus. The bronze medal in the competition was also won by a Finn, [Ilmari Niemeläinen]. He is one of the few artists who also competed as an athlete, competing in diving in both 1936 and 1948.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal Title
1 Yrjö Lindegren 47 Finland FIN Gold Model for "The Centre of Athletics in Varkaus"
2 Edy Knupfer 36 Switzerland SUI Silver
2 Werner Schindler 43 Switzerland SUI Silver
3 Ilmari Niemeläinen 37 Finland FIN Bronze Model for "The Athletic Centre in Kemi"
HM Jack Neel France FRA
HM Pierre Vago 37 France FRA