I know you are working to overhaul the planet view screen for building purposes.
There are a few issues I have and these have been mentioned before, but I thought I should present them here as well.
It is difficult to tell when you can build something or cannot at the moment. It is also difficult to tell when a building is being constructed on the screen vs. already built. I would like some better inclination of where I can build.
The big suggestion I have for the screen is the ability to see the planet grow more populous. I don't want to look at a pristine Earth as I build these facilities. I would like to see maybe space lanes travelling between these large buildings we make, or the background become more populated. The green turning into cities for Terran.
I would like to see craters in the planets that we can settle (even if it is a sprite over a particular location on the screen, giving more character to the planet screen itself)
Also, would it be nicer to set up each tile to have a specific sprite that you puzzle together instead of making a uniform background picture? Thus, I can look at each tile and know it is mountainous because it looks mountainous, same with plains as well. I'm less concerned that the planet looks neat vs. seeing the functionality immediately.