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Landscape and railway in the european cultural identity


RAILtoLAND project aims to explore the social and educational value of the European cultural landscape, as a common heritage, and as a catalyser of consolidation of European identity processes, social cohesion, creation of local cultures and improvement of human well-being. It is aligned with the aims of the European Landscape Convention, involving the target population in decision-making processes and designing landscape enhancement initiatives.

In particular, the project proposes formal and informal learning dynamics, that prioritize structured dialogues with young people and mutual learning in an international and intercultural context. It tests methodologies of educational innovation, such as Design Thinking or Learning by doing, aimed at improving horizontal skills and competences in communication, creativity and critical thinking. It resorts to the Open Learning platforms of High Education partners to expand their training offer in terms of valorisation, management and protection of landscapes, specifically European landscapes, and their built heritage, especially the railway. Indeed, railways are the focus of this project because of its structuring and dynamic nature of the territory, and because it serves as a platform for the appreciation of cultural landscapes throughout Europe from a new perspective and because it constitutes one of the key elements in the construction of modern Europe.


The proposed activities consist in the design of a MOOC Micromaster on the valorisation and communication of the European Cultural Landscapes and its Railway Heritage, accessible for free and a guide of didactic contents RAILtoLAND, applied to the Porto-Vigo line. Accompanying this didactic material of a more theoretical or conceptual nature, other digital intellectual products have been designed that try to optimize their possibilities of transfer to citizens, so they have a more informative profile (although with high quality content), more dynamic (videos, 3D modelling of landscapes, augmented reality…). These materials are integrated in an application, RAILtoLAND, downloadable in iOs and Android that works by geo-positioning the train along the different identified landscape units. Due to the specific nature of the contents and the operation of the application, it will be designed, as a pilot project, for the Porto-Vigo railway line.


Consortium members:

Pilot collaborators:

  • Topic: Strategic partnerships for higher education
  • EU contribution: 376 k€
  • Partners: 6 partners from 4 countries
  • Project coordinator: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
  • Grant agreement: 2019-1-ES01-KA203-065554

This project has received funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union under grant agreement 2019-1-ES01-KA203-065554. 


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