The Polytechnic was founded in 2004 by Jon Goodbun, Richard Difford, and Will McLean. It exists as a very loose collection of individuals based largely but not exclusively within the architecture school at the University of Westminster, with vague shared interests in something like the roles of technology as a space of discouse within urban and architectural modernity. Collective activities of the Polytechnic have included building a rope computer as a workshop at the Material Matters conference at the University of East London in 2004, and the organisation of the Spatial Interface conference at the University of Westminster in 2006.
The Polytechnic weblog was set up by Jon Goodbun and Filip Visnjic. It is intended to act as: i.a general notice board for the interests of the group, ii. a means of disseminating work in progress by members of the group, iii as a public discussion site for its interests.