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Architecture: Investigating a Site

Investigating a Site

This page provides guidance on investigating a building site or a neighborhood for an architectural or urban design project. It focuses on Pittsburgh sites and resources, but similar resources may exist for sites in other municipalities.

Climate Data

  • Climate Profiles
    A user-friendly source for weather data, including temperature, precipitation, and wind, for U.S. and worldwide locations.

  • Northeast Regional Climate Center
    With links to national data.
  • Pennsylvania State Climatologist
    Climate data for Pittsburgh and other Pennsylvania locations.

  • Sun Path Chart Program (University of Oregon)
    Produce sun angle charts for any U.S. location. Read the About Sun Charts link for background information.
    For a Pittsburgh, enter zip code, or latitude (40 degrees) and longitude (-80 degrees), and solar time zone (-5h).

  • Naval Oceanography Portal: Data Services
    A wide variety of sun and moon data.

  • Weather America: A Thirty-Year Summary of Statistical Weather Data and Rankings. 3rd edition. Amenia, NY: Grey House Publishing, 2011.
    QC983 .W385 2011

  • Wind Rose Data (Natural Resources Conservation Center)
    Month-by-month wind data for numerous U.S. locations including Pittsburgh.

Community Planning and Development

Demographic Data



Property Ownership

Search for or recent current owners of properties in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County using this web site:


Zoning laws specify how the property within municipalities may be utilized. Zoning resources for the City of Pittsburgh:



PGHSNAP is Pittsburgh's one-stop online source for neighborhood data and information as well as interactive mapping.