this is a link to a dutch architecture research program investigating virtual enviornments, architecture, computers, cyberspace etc, http://www.bk.tudelft.nl/hyperbody/
there is a book out called architects in cyber space(kinda old now), also check out hypersurface architecture (newer) vol1 and vol2.
look at architects like nox(especially the fresh water pavillion project), oosterhuis.nl, un studio, greg lynn and erick van eggerats project for the eth in zurich. www.oosterhuis.nl www.eea.nl www.glform.com www.degrezero.com
check out the artists called knowbotic research and stelarc.
theres also a book called archilab thats worth a look.
that essay title could be a thesis by itself....