Have a look at “Miniature City Shanghai,” a film of real urban life shot in time lapse and tilt-shift photography. (For feed readers here's a direct link to the video.)
For those who aren’t familiar with it, tilt-shift photography creates the impression of the shallow depth of field in actual large scale scenes. Since we’re accustomed to experience shallow depth of field and fast movement only with small scale scenes, it’s very hard to overcome the impression that we’re looking at frenetic miniatures.
Now try watching Chris Burden’s “Metropolis II,” (direct link to video) an ambitious kinetic model representing the rhythms of urban life. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llacDdn5yIE&feature=player_embedded
The macro and micro worlds seem to meet in the middle.
Wikipedia on Tilt Shift photography
Book: The Elements of Photography: Understanding and Creating Sophisticated Images