The PROURB (GPU) covers 450 m2 on the 5th floor of the School of Architecture and Urbanism-UFRJ (rewarded project performed by the architect Jorge Moreira), in Fundão Campus, Cidade Universitária (Education City). Besides FAU (SAU), this building also houses the Rectorate of UFRJ, the School of Fine Arts (EBA)and the Institute of Research and Regional and Urban Planning (IPPUR). The physical proximity with these schools facilitates the exchange and academic enrichment.

Its internal organization incorporates: a) Coordination; b) University Office; c)Individual and Double Classrooms for the Faculty; d)Two Classrooms with Multimedia Projection Equipment and e-boards; concerning these last two classrooms, one of them is the Studio with drawing boards, cabinets, 3 IMac Computers and one Video Conferencing Equipment; e) 2 Meeting Rooms; 4 Integrated roomy Research Spaces; f) Study Space equipped with computers for post graduation students; g) Informatics Lab h) Central Data Processing; i) SIDU (Service of Urbanism Information and Documentation); j) Dining Area; l)Warehouse and Storage Room.

These spaces (except the 4 last ones) own integrated setting up of networks– physical network, and wireless internet, phone network, and intranet, and they are connected with UFRJ phone network. All these sites are air-conditioned.

In 2010 the enlargement of the physical space and upgrade of the infrastructure began, through financial resources obtained by different FAPERJ and UFRJ/CAPES Announcement (FAPERJ Announcement, Financial Support to the Infrastructure of Rio de Janeiro Research Groups; Announcement “Pensa Rio”; FAPERJ Support to the Educational and Research Institutions located in the State of Rio de Janeiro; Announcement 27/2010 and 25/2011 —CAPES Pro- Institutional Equipment — Upgrading and Enlargement Project of the Infrastructure of UFRJ Research Groups and Laboratories).

In the first round there is a multimedia classroom being built with 60 seats endowed with modern audiovisual equipment (video Conferencing with 5 simultaneous units , Interactive Boards and multimedia projector, audiovisual and simultaneous translation booth and interconnected wireless internet).

In 2010, with the support of the School of Architecture and Urbanism, the program obtained a contiguous area concerning the enlargement of the research rooms, which settling was scheduled to begin in 2013. The new physical spaces will constitute about 150m2 of total area.

Besides these own spaces, PROURB (GPU) benefits from FAU (SAU) areas and equipment in common, from which we emphasize the Library, three Auditoriums with 200 to 400 seats, audiovisual equipment, model laboratory and 3D printer.


The PROURB administrative support comprises three persons that belong to UFRJ permanent faculty (Keila Maria de Araújo Silva, Margareth Wanderley da Silva Agostinho and Marcia Conceição Alves Belo). It also comprises an employee who supports during full time informatics and PROURB network.


PROURB has been developing its informatics and network infrastructure, replacing or acquiring new computers and equipment, through resources gained by means of agreements (partnerships) and research funding institutions.

The Program has a sophisticated informatics infrastructure, and possesses a wide range of networked computers connected to the server (Windows 2003), which is, itself, connected by cable to UFRJ network, what allows permanent access to internet (physical and wireless).The PROURB intranet is connected to UFRJ intranet system.

There are a hundred and twelve physical network points, besides the capacity of 40 machineries simultaneously connected to wireless network, fully covering all the areas of the Program (teachers’ room, research areas, labs, students’ room and university office).

PROURB has been investing lately in data and imaging high technology communication, able to support the teaching, research and interchange activities. The Program aims at real time communications with the several education and research institutions that belong to the interchange Program, providing an agile and fast interaction for students and researchers. This high technology and telematics investment will provide the improvement of the Program globalization and solidarity, through the high potential of real time interaction and fast data communications.

It has two powerfool visual communications tools: a modern video conferencing equipment and two e-boards. PROURB possesses a Sony PCS-50 which provides classes, conferences and long-distance lectures, as if all the participants were in the same room. It withstands video conferencing with numerous points simultaneously, up to 6 local points and 10 local points when the two PCS-G50 units are cascading. This equipment incorporates functions such as data sharing, QoS support, encryption and digital whiteboard support. The data arisen in classroom may be shared with the video conferencing participants, enabling the communication to be more effective. Moreover, data drawn on a digital whiteboard also can be viewed in real time by all the video conferencing participants or captured and stored for future reference.

The Promethean ActivBoards acquired by PROURB enable more creative and cooperative classes. The interactive board is an electronic blackboard operated by two styli which are able to work simultaneously as a pen or a mouse. This digital equipment works in group or replaces the traditional board enabling new resources to teaching. It allows the simultaneous interaction of two users and enables instant accessibility to multiple resources, images and background. One of them is already set up and being used for several PROURB subjects, mainly in the Master in Urbanism and Professional Master in Landscape Architecture studios.

These equipments add a higher capacity to the current PROURB network. Our network is well equipped with high technology equipment, which enable us to provide classes and lectures online via internet, and connect wireless computers all over PROURB space.

The physical structure withstands up to 96 equipments that are interconnected and managed by Windows 2003 Server managing 53 workstations, and the security server provides physical and wireless networked printers meeting the demands of all the devices of PPG.

The computers are networked through 5 manageable switches, 24 ports and 5 access points for the wireless network coverage area, centralized in a router that manages all the network connections, this router is connected through a cable to UFRJ network.

There is a total of 115 physical network points, besides the capacity for 80 more devices simultaneously connected through wireless network.

The computers are equipped with current apps that meet the needs of the students and research groups.

Publicado em 30/09/2013