Renzo Piano's cinematic design for the Academy Museum

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Architect Renzo Piano, speaking to journalists at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Photo by Avishay Artsy.

Renzo Piano once dreamed of being a filmmaker but he abandoned that idea and became an architect instead, going on to design the Pompidou Center, the new Whitney Museum, the Shard and numerous other global landmarks.

Now he applies a "cinematic" approach to the creation of architectural experience -- and explained how when DnA met him at the site of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, currently under construction at the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, in the old May Company building.

DnA also asked museum director Kerry Brougher about the recent upheaval in Hollywood over sexual assault allegations. Brougher explains how the "dream factory," as he calls the museum, might address this dark chapter in the Academy's history.