Scale buildings have always been apart of building in modern or advanced societies. Greeks, Roman and Egyptians all made scale buildings to determine a multitude of things including scale models built on top of certain earth types to test compaction and other structural issues before building. This has the potential to show problems of course before an actual building is built. These scaled buildings even in recent architectural history have been utilized to make model tract homes to skyscrapers. The model buildings are built to certain standards like N, Piko G, S, HO and many other standards that described the way the buildings are scaled in architecture.
However, these scaled buildings are utilized for much more than their architectural value today. They have a real value in replicating landscapes like cities and neighborhoods for things like model train enthusiasts and even filmmakers. Architectural scale models must replicate every part of the intended actual building in exciting detail, and this is the same standard demanded by filmmakers and train enthusiasts in replicating towns and cities. Additionally, scale buildings are used to manage the growth in downtown areas, skylines, and to manage urban sprawl by presenting these in dimensions that can be seen readily and with problems that also present themselves in this manner. So not only the value has risen in scale buildings, the uses for these instruments have also multiplied exponentially.
There are certain things that the digital revolution has made obsolete with digital animation and other means of viewing things digitally, but scale is still a void that this revolution cannot ford. Because of this, the need for scale buildings is even more prevalent than before the advent of the internet and all of its new expansive capabilities. Additionally, someone who has elevated their craftsmanship in what many consider hobbies like train collectors and enthusiasts also require and exacting amount of detail. However, imagine replicating an actual scene in a neighborhood or even a small town in a movie. No form of media even in the digital age has been able to replace actual sets that feature scale miniature building, and in many cases, the digital forms of this media are more expensive than setting up for a scene in this manner.
In fact, some of the latest innovations in digital animation and green screen technology can still be detected in the movies or television shows, and after only a few years after the magic of viewing a movie for the first time has waned, later viewings reveal that digital media is being used instead of a scale buildings. Simply view a black and white movie with some sort of viewing technology like the 1960s version of King Kong, and it is obvious that the cinematography in the technology used to portray King Kong is obviously fake.
Understand that this movie once was seen as the standard in technology and when people viewed the film when it was new totally believed that it was real at the time. However, contrast that with the authenticity of the buildings in the movie that were never questioned. These were scale models, and their value holds even though the movie technology had advanced exponentially of over the fifty years since that King Kong movie.