The cover — designed by Bacteria Design Co. — is visualised as a collage comprising three images — a detail from artist Gieve Patel’s work, Looking into a Well: Four Pillars; a detail from a painted collage on display at the exhibition What Freedom Looks Like; and a sinuous three-pronged bridge that connects either of two building wings and the street corner on the campus of a factory at Bhiwandi, Mumbai, designed by Sameep Padora & Associates. The ‘manufactured void’ that produces spaces of work and production in a metropolitan suburb, the deep spaces within wells as well as suburban trains in the artworks by Gieve Patel, or the geographies a Spider or All Night in his poetry traverses, or the montages of politics, landscapes, and utopia in the Shekhawati images, are the Microcosms this issue features. The cover design attempts to evoke a series of conversations and contemplations: between the past and the present; between art and architecture; between an iconic work by an acclaimed artist and the collaborative works of anonymous artists. The hybrid architectural ‘imaginary’ that frames the backdrop of the painted Shekhawati collage is in stark contrast to the affective response generated by the form of the well — an architectural void; a space for reflection. Bridging these dialogues across space and time and pointing towards the future is a surreal architectonic form rendered graphically.