As a master metaphor, the island has been a fecund source of inspiration in a multitude of domains. From More’s ”Utopia” to Darwin’s evolutionary theory to Ungers’ archipelago, insights derived from “island thinking” are commonly extrapolated across scales and fields. The recurrence and appeal of the island metaphor lie in its capacity to simplify the complex and to frame the apparently unbounded. Yet the island seems to confront current ontological mainstreams in the geographic and its articulation into the design fields: globalization’s motifs of openness and interconnectedness, and ecology’s privileging of environmental processes and flows over forms and boundaries, challenge the pertinence of the island as a cognitive device for territorial description and intervention. New Geographies 08 proposes an epistemological pulse between the ultimate loss of the exterior implied in the planetary upscaling of territorial interpretations towards an idea of the world as a whole, and the need to rearrange new boundaries in an environment frequently explained through the process-oriented lens of ecology. An “atlas” of islands, New Geographies 08 will explore the new limits of islandness, and will gather examples to reassert its relevance for the design disciplines.